Over at the Daily Mail, the question is asked: “What else gets transplanted when organs are shifted from body to body?” They cite some interesting stories that supposedly point toward experiences, memories, and feelings being attached to body parts.
In one celebrated case uncovered by Professor Schwartz’s team, an 18-year-old boy who wrote poetry, played music and composed songs was killed in a car crash. A year after he died, his parents came across a tape of a song he had written, entitled, Danny, My Heart Is Yours.
In his haunting lyrics, the boy sang about how he felt destined to die and donate his heart. After his death, his heart was transplanted into an 18-year-old girl – named Danielle.
When the boy’s parents met Danielle, they played some of his music and she, despite never having heard the song before, knew the words and was able to complete the lyrics.
It sounds like this has been covered in horror fiction before, doesn’t it? I seem to recall that either Clive Barker or Dean Koontz (or both) covered this in a novel. It was also covered in some part in a movie called “The Eye” (Wiki).
What do you think of this? Do you think that memory is a whole body experience? In the article it is stated, reasonably truthfully, that scientists still don’t know how memories are stored. Maybe the answer is that memory isn’t really stored in one place at all, but in several places.
The heading of the linked article talks about transplanting a soul, but is a person’s soul synonymous with a their memory and feelings? Come down to it, and as objective as you can possibly get, what is a soul? What parts of you can you define as being your soul?