Wherein resides the soul? Ancient peoples thought that a person's strength resided in their heart, so they would eat the heart of their fiercest enemies to gain their strength. In modern times we value a person's thoughts, beliefs, and memory more, so does the essence of that person, the soul if you will, reside in the brain?
Or is it in the DNA of the individual cells? If you can take a single skin cell, convert it to a T cell and clone any organ in the body from it, Is the soul spread out throughout the body?
There used to be experiments where they weighed a person just before they died and then after they died to see if the soul had any weight or mass. Is the soul simply energy? In some films when a person dies they show an entity made of light that sometimes looks like an angel escape from the body at the moment of death.
When does a person really die? Today we can keep people alive indefinitely with various machines. Is that person really alive or does the soul escape when the EKG flatlines, or does the soul still reside in the shell of a body?
When a person's soul ascends to heaven, does that person look like they did in their prime or do they look like the old sick and decrepit wrecks the soul inhabited when it left? If a person looses limbs, will they be whole again in Heaven? If a baby is born without a brain does that baby gain one in heaven?
The picture is of Dr. Manhattan from the film and comic book series, "The Watchmen" Dr. Manhattan has his individual cells scattered when a lab accident vaporizes him. Yet his essence is able to reorganize. His personality and thoughts survive but with an energy body that is still able to interact with the physical world. He becomes infinitely powerful and immortal.
In 1951 Henrietta Lacks did something similar she gave some of her cells to science and they multiplied and they continue to multiply even today. Today her cells are spread all over the world and that cell line is essentially immortal. Popular Science in the latest issue said that her cells in labs all over the world would collectively outweigh 100 Empire State Buildings and they could circle the earth three times over if placed end to end.
Does a little bit of Henrietta still reside in each of these cells? Can her consciousness and memories coalesce and gain substance again like Dr. Manhattan, if we bring enough of these cells together again? Is a portion of her soul still intact in these petri dishes scattered all over the world?
If her soul is still here on earth who is it wearing those big chicken wings in the sky?