70,000 Years Ago – The Origin of a Soul?
This presentation will briefly address the contemporary evidence from science, medical studies, anthropology, and philosophy pointing to a transphysical soul capable of surviving bodily death.
This talk is based on a book that I just wrote entitled, The Soul’s Upward Yearning, a part of a quartet, published by Ignatius Press.
Let’s begin with a historical and anthropological puzzle. For a long time we have heard that human beings have evolved over the course of time, principally through physical and organic evolution – which is partially true.
There is a traceable movement from homo habilis to homo erectus to homo sapiens which branched off into homo sapien neanderthalensis and homo sapien sapiens – the latter of which became modern human beings. Among homo sapien sapiens was a woman who geneticists have named “mitochondrial Eve.”
She is the common woman ancestor of all human beings everywhere in the world today, and lived about 200,000 years ago. All of us – no matter where we are from – still have a genetic remnant from her called “mitochondrial DNA.” In the same period (200,000 years ago), there was a man who geneticists call “Y chromosome Adam” who is the common male ancestor of all men. He generated the Y chromosome which constitutes the DNA of all men today.
So we might conclude from this that we have common genetic ancestry in two individuals who arose physically and biologically out of an evolutionary process, and who transmitted their DNA through continued physical and biological development to us.