The fear of death spawned the idea of a soul, for those of us who cannot accept the possibility of ceasing to exist when we die.
If we can overcome fear of death, we can be happy.
The only way some human animals can achieve this, is by pretending that there is no death... hence the idea of an eternal "soul"
The more humans figure out about the brain, the chemical reactions and neuron transmissions, the more we find out that the brain (which is matter) is what fosters consciousness, and when our brain is damaged, the consciousness is damaged as well. When the brain dies, so does consciousness... as far as we feeble human animals can tell.
Like i say, i am certain of nothing (this could all just be a dream derived from a god for all i fuckin know)... but as Carl Sagan once most inspiringly said,
"Extraordinary claims, requires extraordinary evidence"
Where there is evidence to back up my claims in accordance with the idea of ceasing to exist when we die, there is NONE to back up the idea of an eternal "soul"
I believe neither though, because i accept the fact that... i do not know.
"Doubt is surely not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd."
A pretty piece of literature though, if i might add.