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|User Info||Here It Comes.... (Abortion / Personhood); entered at 2012-02-21 17:34:36|
Registered: 2007-08-26 East Tennessee Eastern Time
Wis: Now you have to define what functioning is and perception. Is a plant's natural reaction to injury "perceiving" pain? Is a baby's brain really "functioning" when it's ecg is quite different from an adults even at several months of age? Most definitions are a quagmire, even as a starting point.|
The only thing that has ever made sense to me is whether or not it can live outside the mother. If it can't, it cannot be life by definition because it cannot live. If it can, it obviously is life.
That leaves a lot of room for argument over what's technically achievable, but stands for every level of technology, from neolithic to growing babies in jars.
It doesn't really solve the argument, but it eliminates some of the (in my opinion) stupidity from it. If it cannot live, it is not life.
(I've said my peace, not interested in an argument.)