I was talking with someone about the concept of a soul, I don't think we have one, he thinks we do. I asked him what his soul does, my plan was for him to name something that neuroscience has already proven happens in the brain, he said "thought and reason" I said "that happens in the cerebral cortex, without it, you can't think or reason"... He said "that doesn't prove thinking and reason happens there, it just proves the soul uses it to communicate thought and reason"... wtf? I'm fully aware that this is stupid, and I'm also fully aware that within the loose rules of philosophy..it's possible, and according to philosophy, anything that's slightly possible is given way too much weight in an argument. And, philosophy seems to be packed with these verbal magic tricks that make people completly uneducated on a specific subject feel like they can wiggle their way out by playing word games. I've avoided philosophy because it seems to me, sociology and psychology already include the best of what philosophy has to offer, plus actual scientific facts..such as the function of the cerebral cortex. Seems to me that, in many situations, philosophy and science are like oil and water, and yet, philosophy seems to want to be taken as seriously as science. I'd like to learn more about how/why this happens, if anybody has a book or idea on this subject, I'd like to read it. I'm willing to accept the fact that I could be completly uneducated on philosophy and just "don't get it" but I can't help feeling like there's more to it than that.