151 e-Letters

published between 2005 and 2008

  • Resolving the stem cell debate over body and soul.
    Richard M. Kapit, MD

    Dear Editor

    Debate on the ethics of the therapeutic use of embryonic stem cells pits the dualist concept of the embryo as a combination of body and soul (matter and spirit) against the idea of it as a psychosomatic unity, according to Polkinghorne.[1]

    Modern physics may provide an intellectual context in which to reconcile this opposition.

    Quantum mechanics (QM) is a well-verified theory of...

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