Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Does Brundlefly Have a Soul?

Film analyst Rob Ager proposed on his YouTube channel, Collective Learning, that The Fly (1986) was an anti-religion film.  Ager said:
If a computer scan of molecules and genetics can result in everything about a person being carbon-copied to another location, including their personality traits, motives and memories, then surely this means that humans are nothing more than biological entities.
I have to disagree.  Ager's idea entirely depends on the idea that the film's teleportation machine can transfer live tissue but cannot possibly transfer the non-material soul.  How does he know that?  The soul is something supernatural beyond that of human understanding. The machine is something make-believe, which makes it impossible to determine what it can or cannot do.  It is unknowable what effect a machine invented by a writer can have on a spirit created in an unfathomable realm. 

Are we also willing to believe that Harry Potter cannot possess a soul because he sometimes disappears from one location and reappears in another?  He, too, must transfer his molecules to accomplish his goal.  Can we assume that his soul goes along for the ride? 

Men who fail to recognize the existence of God are all too quick to project their beliefs onto others.

Reference source

Rob Ager, "Godless Horror: Atheism and Reproduction in THE FLY," February 20, 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZykjpNP3xnA.

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