The human body used to be a mystery, with demons and spirits being blamed for illness and horrific practices being performed to rid the victim of their symptoms. Today, we can find the cause of most issues, thanks to centuries of medicine, we know our way around human anatomy. Or at least we think we do.

If you ask a class full of children where their arms are, they will be able to tell you. If you ask them where their brains are, you will probably find the whole class pointing to their heads. 

However, ask them where their souls are and you will be looking down at thirty perplexed faces.

At A-level, we were asked these questions.

Perhaps our souls are in our brains, one of my peers responded quizzically. It did seem like the most obvious answer as our brains controlled so much.


My lecturer pulled up a scan of a brain and asked us to show her where. The truth is, we don’t know.

Somehow, the mixture of chemicals and hormones floating around inside us has produced the mind and the soul. Mysteriously, we have the ability to think; to believe, to have ideas, we are religious, we are agnostic, we enjoy sex. 

We are not just animals, living to fulfill a purpose and doing our best to survive. We deny our animal instincts on a daily basis.


Where is the essence of your being? What makes you, you?

You can find the cause of most of our sensations inside our bodies; love is a mixture of endorphins and raised levels of serotonin.

China are going on a hunt for the elusive ‘soul’. They are searching inside people’s heads for their sense of self and they are going to be using a new invention to do it.

The scientists in Shenzhen are working on a magnetic resonance imaging device, the device will be the strongest ever created and will produce an in-depth image of the brain. A scientist working on the project said they are hoping to “Probe the origin and evolution of consciousness”.

MRI Machine

Generally, the MRI machines in hospitals are generating power between 1.5 and 3 Tesla, this new machine would be the strongest yet and generate up to 14 Tesla. As a large percentage of our bodies, and therefore our brains are water, usually MRI machines work by affecting the nuclei and producing an image of the way the liquid is flowing through the brain.

This new, more powerful machine will be strong enough to impact heavier substances in our bodies.

“We may for the first time capture a full picture of human consciousness or even the essence of life itself. Then we can define them and explain how they work in precise physical terms – just like Newton and Einstein defined and explained the universe,” the scientist said.

We can’t be sure what the images will show us. Earlier this year scientists in the US took the first image at 10 Tesla, but those images were never made public.


A good conspiracy theorist may have some ideas as to why, but we wouldn’t want to speculate.