In c.1930, Odilie Watson (1920-2007), as child, was taught the following definition of a "soul", defined as a a "living being", without a body, but having reason and free will:
To her young ears, she heard the word "bean", like a plant bean rather than "being". She carried this confusion in her mind, until one day, five or six decades later, she told her husband Francis Crick who laughed, and later cited the anecdote in the opening chapter of his 1995 The Astonishing Hypothesis: the Scientific Search for the Soul.
The following are quotes:
- Being – Hmolpedia 2020.