Hello Brown-eyed Girl,
I agree with the metaphor, but non-metaphorically speaking, I am - I guess, "relatively speaking" to many of the members of the forums - a fairly extreme physicalist a.k.a. materialist a.k.a. naturalist a.k.a. natural philosopher:
Title: Natural Philosophy
Title: Natural Realism
I do not think there is a soul:
Our experiences are, by my lights, activities of our brains. That is all real (bio-medical) science requires for adequate realistic scientific explanations, and postulating anything more, such as a soul, next to and besides the brain and its activities, is religion or, indeed, also, pseudo-psychiatry.
Ockham's Razor lobs it neatly off the realm of science:
Title: Ockham's Razor
MM: First, at present there is no good explanation at all of how the brain produces one's experiences, thoughts, feelings, beliefs, desires, values and ends, although there is very good evidence that it is the brain that produces these, or at least is necessary for their production.
One important reason for this fact is that the brain is the most complex organ one has, and so far it was difficult or impossible to study living brains, though this last restriction is rapidly disappearing through things like PET-scanners and nano-technology.
Second, there is hardly any evidence evidence for the existence of an immortal soul: There are no ghosts, no messages from the death, and prayer has been statistically proved to be ineffective. Also, every time the purported existence of gods or messages from the death has been investigated, it has been found to be fraudulent, a hoax, or (self-)deception. (See e.g. C.E.M. Hansel: "ESP - a scientific explanation".)
But I am merely explaining - well...: pasting in - some background, and agree with most you said (more than not).
How it effects Cort's position is difficult to judge, but Kim's reference explains something that initially amazed me about a man as smart as Cort is, viz. his positive interest in and practice of amygdala-training, that immediately I read it struck me as CBT shrink-wrapped Asian style, for Western consumers.
And I know little from CAA, though by now it seems clear enough - thanks Orla and Tom and others: fine posts showing why - it needs to clean up its public information, by such criterions I use.
But that is another discussion...