The belief that the soul is divided into smaller portions during the process of mind-state duplication.

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A creed or religion whose members believe that the act of mind-state copying produces multiple copies of the original transcendental spirit or soul. Soul-Divisionists believe that the essence of the soul is not increased by the act of copying, but rather divided so that both the original and the copies have a proportion of the original 'soul-stuff' and both are therefore diminished by the process. Only by dedicated and prolonged spiritual endeavour can the divided souls become fully developed once more.

This position is in contrast to the 'Multiplication of Identities' doctrine held by most Etodist sects, and with the beliefs of the One Soul Movement, who hold that only the original sophont retains a soul during the process of copying. It is also in contrast to the materialist postion which holds that the concept of 'soul' has no meaning outside a poetic or metaphorical context.
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Text by Steve Bowers
Initially published on 11 November 2004.