When discussing a topic such as life after death and the nature of the soul (or whether it even exists), it is important to consider and question the nature of the relationship between body and soul: whether they are two completely separate entities, which we call the theory of substance dualism, intrinsically linked but still different (monism) or one entity (materialism). The qualities a soul possesses in relation to the body leads philosophers to come to various different conclusions about whether or not it can be considered immortal, as well as how that could be justified using scripture or logic.
With Holocaust Memorial Day having just passed, it is a unique time worth reflecting on the effect which WWII had on science and technology. The thousands of potential scientists who were killed during the Holocaust lost their opportunity to leave an impact on the world, while women such as Lise Meitner faced new difficulties in her already challenging field. Lise was an Austrian Jew who suffered greatly both due to her gender and religious upbringing. Nevertheless, Meitner allowed herself to create a lasting impact in the field of physics, with Albert Einstein himself praising her as “the German Marie Curie”.
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