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Thread: Does life biologically begin at conception?

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    Re: Does life biologically begin at conception?

    Quote Originally Posted by idk View Post
    I haven't voted because I still cannot come up with an answer. I've spent quite some time contemplating this question, which really boils down to, "What life is sacred?" The answers to these questions have significant and, at times, life-changing implications. They deserve more thought than I've had time to give...
    To me, all life is sacred on some level- humans, animals, plants, everything. Life must be sacrificed in order for other life to survive. Everything that lives, does so at the expense of something else. Generally, if I don't intend to consume it, or it's not destroying something that I am trying to grow for food, I try not to kill it.

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    Re: Does life biologically begin at conception?

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    Yes, but sperm, taken alone, cannot become an individual human entity.
    For the sake of argument, neither can a fertilized egg. It requires a host in which to develop

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    Re: Does life biologically begin at conception?

    Quote Originally Posted by idk View Post
    That is true, but each individual sperm contains the potential for human life.
    A sperm can never become a human without union. An egg can never become a human without union. The potential depends on a chance meeting and really liking each other.

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    Re: Does life biologically begin at conception?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kernel Sanders View Post
    For the sake of argument, neither can a fertilized egg. It requires a host in which to develop
    It requires the host to develop to maturity, but not to contain the necessary components of humanness.

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    Re: Does life biologically begin at conception?

    Life precedes fertilization and implantation, so obviously there is life at conception; whether or not it's the life of a person is up to debate.

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    Re: Does life biologically begin at conception?

    From a classification perspective, an embryo is considered alive. However, life is worthless to all humans. Every single one of us kills living bacteria in incredible quantities every single day without even noticing. We value sentience and anthropomorphism, not merely being alive.

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    Re: Does life biologically begin at conception?

    You remind me of someone..
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    Re: Does life biologically begin at conception?

    Quote Originally Posted by rathi View Post
    Every single one of us kills living bacteria in incredible quantities every single day without even noticing. We value sentience and anthropomorphism, not merely being alive.
    I'm personally not willing to give up my saliva and hydrochloric acid so that micro-organisms may live.

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    Re: Does life biologically begin at conception?

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    I'm personally not willing to give up my saliva and hydrochloric acid so that micro-organisms may live.
    So then you don't really value life. You value some life.
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    Re: Does life biologically begin at conception?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chuz Life View Post
    No,.. what I am asking in the poll is whether or not a single human being's
    life "biologically" begins at conception.
    As I attempted to explain earlier, it depends on the person and their values. What constitutes life varies. If you are looking for an objective answer you won't find one. I can tell you that from my view, genetically speaking, yes human life begins at conception since the two haploid cells become a diploid and thus a complete genome is created, forming a complete human cell. It then replicates into a complex system until a baby is delivered.

    But if you mean life in terms of a vital, conscious person, I would say no.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chuz Life View Post
    Asked another way,.. when do they start biologically aging?
    I'm not sure. Is a single cell becoming two cells a factor of aging? Or is it stages of development in the post-natal realm? Or is it degradation of the genome over time through environmental factors, causing one to look worn? There are so many ways you could look at it.

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