Originally posted by ysterbaard
Yeah I guess that answers the question. They performed the experiment in a 'sloppy' way. In other words the environment was not completely sealed off, so breath, sweat etc. was not accounted for. Residues of the burger as well. But what I was looking for is that in a 'perfect' experiment the two masses when combined shoud be equal to the sum of the two ap ...[text shortened]... rt. The difference in weight should only occur after excretion of the remains of the burger.
Another experiment made once was to measure the wight of the soul. A person before his death was weighed carefully and after the death, when the soul was supposed to have left the body, it was weighed again. The difference between the two was the weight of the soul. So they thought.
They did the same experiment with a dog, and, guess what, there was no difference. This is a proof that dogs have no souls. So they thought.
However, if we repeat this experiment carefully with all things accounted for, in a strictly scientific way, we cannot measure any defference in weight before and after the death. Hence, the soul doesn't weigh anything, or does not exist.
How much did the soul weigh? 21 grams.
What year did the experiment take place? 1907.
Was the experiment successful? Yes, they got the result they wanted.
If not? They would have done the experiment again.