Consciousness exists, period. Kiss some grandmas play bingo real grandmas listen to Gene Simmons shirt As Descartes said “cogito ergo sum”. You may call “soul” to consciousness, if you’d like but, it’s basically the same notion. Consciousness is not created by the brain, just as the player playing a computer, is not created by the computer avatar/character. The brain and the rest of the human body allows consciousness to express itself and interact with the material world, just as the coded character in the game allows the player to interact with the computer simulation.
So is consciousness/soul the Kiss some grandmas play bingo real grandmas listen to Gene Simmons shirt only thing which makes the human body alive? Well, I’d say consciousness is what brings the whole reality into existence but to experience it in the first person, it needs to inhabit a working body, just as we need a functional character to play a computer game. If the matter that composes a body is out of order, it no longer functions so, the consciousness abandons that experience of being that body. Being a living human being, is an experience of consciousness that requires a functional body. So, it’s true that the soul is necessary for the body to be alive, but the body needs to be functional too… If its screwed up, consciousness no longer can express itself in the physical matter reality… Consciousness goes about its own business and there’s no life in that body.