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January 27, 1912

Life, Death and Immortality.

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(4):301. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260010301039

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A distinguished German physiologist, Professor Verworn, recently lecturing in this country, is reported to have said, "The phenomena of human consciousness cease with the life of the cerebral cells. Hence our individual soul is no more immortal than our individual body." Such an ex cathedra utterance unsupported by any possible scientific demonstration is not in accordance, we believe, with the best scientific and philosophic thought of the day or of any time. Dr. Thomson's little work is an attempt to prove the opposite view from the facts of our personality and individual consciousness supported by the universal belief and revelation. He also brings in scientific facts which he thinks bear on the subject. In this he is perhaps open to a little criticism. For example, his statements that multicellular life began with the Cambrian period and that the majority of biologists reject the Darwinian theory are rather too unqualified. His

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