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Why is it an unpopular view, among philosophers and religious people, that a human being has a supernatural, spiritual soul?

I share your intuition of mind-body dualism. But to answer your question. I've listed 5 reasons below, why this intuition isn't as popular as it might have been a few hundred years ago. Neuroscience. ...
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Is there ‘reality’ after the death of the observer? Does this imply there are multiple ‘realities’?

You start with the assumption that there is no afterlife beyond the death of a person, and there are no remains of the person's soul. To avoid the problematic and burdened word “soul” I translate your ...
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Why is it an unpopular view, among philosophers and religious people, that a human being has a supernatural, spiritual soul?

Firstly I echo the comment of Thinkingman that it is not unpopular to believe that there is a soul. Secondly, your question seems to boil down to defining the word 'soul' to be a synonym for '...
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Why is it an unpopular view, among philosophers and religious people, that a human being has a supernatural, spiritual soul?

The top answer to the other question you linked cites the Catholic catechism: 366 The Church teaches that every spiritual soul is created immediately by God - it is not "produced" by the ...
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Is there ‘reality’ after the death of the observer? Does this imply there are multiple ‘realities’?

This is one of the fundamental questions of existence, and one to which different philosophical and religious traditions have given quite different and incompatible answers. It's also an open question,...
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Buddhism in Phaedo

SOCRATES VERSUS BUDDHA ON THE SOUL If Buddhism denies the existence of any continuing self or soul, this appears to conflict with Socrates' view of a continuing soul which is freed and released from ...
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Why is it an unpopular view, among philosophers and religious people, that a human being has a supernatural, spiritual soul?

What do you mean by soul? That is the question that makes it dubious terminology. Because it's a word used for hugely different ideas in greatly varying traditions. Aristotle held to a tripartite soul ...
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Why is it an unpopular view, among philosophers and religious people, that a human being has a supernatural, spiritual soul?

There are a few parts to this question, so let's go through them one by one. Souls within theism / Christianity It is not an unpopular view in Christianity that human beings have supernatural and ...
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Is there ‘reality’ after the death of the observer? Does this imply there are multiple ‘realities’?

What do you perceive when you're sleeping and not dreaming? You don't perceive darkness, there is just an absence of experience. You go to bed, and hours pass while you experience nothing, and then ...
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Scientific consensus about the soul

There seem to be several questions packed into this post. From the philosophy of mind point of view, please refer to the extensive literature on Dualism vs Materialism. Musolino isn't the first to ...
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Why is it an unpopular view, among philosophers and religious people, that a human being has a supernatural, spiritual soul?

This is a complex question, so the answer will have to be complex as well. I will try to break the question up into sub questions. Is belief in souls unpopular? Yes, and no. The "no" ...
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Location of Soul

What you are articulating is a dualist model of mind. Dualism is currently an unpopular POV among philosophers, but there are a number of major philosophers and scientists of the last half century ...
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Is there ‘reality’ after the death of the observer? Does this imply there are multiple ‘realities’?

The inconsistency in what you suppose is that on the one hand you assume there will be no afterlife, but on the other you assume that you will experience the sensation of darkness and space. Those two ...
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How can the soul be a form in Aristotle's metaphysics but continue to exist after the body's destruction?

What seems to be omitted is that Aristotle was a realist about forms. He does call them secondary substances whose existence depends on the existence of primary substances (particulars, e.g. material ...
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Platos's/ Socrates' conception of reincarnational purpose and the soul's nature

On the one hand I am told that 'the Greeks' (and thus, I assume, Socrates and his followers too) took ψυχή which is generally translated as soul, to be the "breath of life" that bestows the ...
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Why is it an unpopular view, among philosophers and religious people, that a human being has a supernatural, spiritual soul?

In pragmatic terms, here is what actually seems to have happened: the idea of mind/matter dualism is impossible to disprove empirically, and there is no evidence for it. It’s strongly associated with ...
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Why is it an unpopular view, among philosophers and religious people, that a human being has a supernatural, spiritual soul?

For the recursive human based on many arithmetician using pen and paper to simulate a human. Would such a simulated human be considered a human in themselves? The philosophical stance on this is that ...
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Is there a philosophical doctrine that suggests that the soul endlessly travels between living organisms without being tied to space-time?

There are multiple branches within the New Age movement that assume that time is not real. This is an extension of Idealism thinking, where the presumption is that the mental world is what is real, ...
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Is there a philosophical doctrine that suggests that the soul endlessly travels between living organisms without being tied to space-time?

According to Wikipedia, this philosophy is called Open individualism – apparently named by Daniel Kolak, who claims that the idea dates back to the Bronze Age.
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What are the objections to the Affinity Argument in the Phaedo?

The affinity argument of Socrates is to support the immortality thesis of the soul. The argument is achieved by an analogical reasoning. The world of the Form and the soul share similar ...
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If we accept that living things have a soul, when and where does that happen?

This question is fine for this site. It's not specific to Christianity, and the existence or nature of the soul has been a perennial question in philosophy. Simply denying any existence to the soul, ...
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Why is it an unpopular view, among philosophers and religious people, that a human being has a supernatural, spiritual soul?

Interesting, because my intuition is exactly the opposite. I'm not trained in the philosophic arts, so I cannot provide a sufficiently academic response here, but I can at least provide a viewpoint ...
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Why is it an unpopular view, among philosophers and religious people, that a human being has a supernatural, spiritual soul?

Nobody understands the nature of human consciousness, and therefore nobody can answer your question.
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Why is it an unpopular view, among philosophers and religious people, that a human being has a supernatural, spiritual soul?

TLDR: science is encroaching on the workings of the mind and it does seem that the space for a supernatural object like a soul becomes smaller and smaller. I cannot speak for Christianity, but simply ...
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Is there a philosophical doctrine that suggests that the soul endlessly travels between living organisms without being tied to space-time?

I'm not sure you're going to find any canonical literature about time-traveling, galaxy wandering reincarnation. In the Western philosophical tradition, you have essentially the Ancient Greeks and ...
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Is there a philosophical doctrine that suggests that the soul endlessly travels between living organisms without being tied to space-time?

The idea of a soul and of transmigration has their origin in earlier time and within cultures, which did not know about concepts like spacetime and the fact that time is an observer dependent concept: ...
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Is there ‘reality’ after the death of the observer? Does this imply there are multiple ‘realities’?

It seems the question you're asking is contradictory to your initial assumption. If there is no afterlife or "soul", then the idea that you may continue to perceive doesn't make sense ...
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How would Plato view a just soul?

▻ TRIPARTITE SOUL 1 The just soul is tripartite : this you already know. The three parts (mere) are reason (to logistikon) by which we learn, know, calculate, the spirited part (to thumos) which is ...
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On what basis do we assume that people are similar?

Guill's answer is pretty silly. Just because humans are similar in terms of body does not make them similar in terms of the philosophical attributes we concern ourselves with her. By the very nature ...
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