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Thread: A zygote and a laptop.

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    A zygote and a laptop.

    organism - definition of organism by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

    or·gan·ism (ôrg-nzm)
    n.
    1. An individual form of life, such as a plant, animal, bacterium, protist, or fungus; a body made up of organs, organelles, or other parts that work together to carry on the various processes of life.
    2. A system regarded as analogous in its structure or functions to a living body: the social organism.
    A computer is a system. It has a structure analogous to those in a living body. If computers have a sort of "birth", "lifespan" and ultimately a "death", and if it is perfectly fine for me to take my computer and destroy it in whatever way I see fit. Is it fine for a woman to do the same thing to a zygote? I believe it is perfectly fine to do so if the logic we are going by is one where context is no longer necessary. Do you?
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    Re: A zygote and a laptop.

    Nonsense thread.

    When your laptop can grow and have real emotions and self-awareness, let us know, so we can call the men in the white coats for ya.

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    Re: A zygote and a laptop.

    Nonsense thread.

    When your zygote can grow up and make you love it as much as you love your laptop, let us know, so we can call the men in the white coats for ya.

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    Re: A zygote and a laptop.

    Interesting. The same exact response from two alleged different posters. Looks like someone is playing sock puppet. Isn't this against the rules?
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    Re: A zygote and a laptop.

    Quote Originally Posted by EnigmaO01 View Post
    Interesting. The same exact response from two alleged different posters. Looks like someone is playing sock puppet. Isn't this against the rules?
    You need to read my post again.

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    Re: A zygote and a laptop.

    Quote Originally Posted by Scarecrow Akhbar View Post
    Nonsense thread.

    When your laptop can grow and have real emotions and self-awareness, let us know, so we can call the men in the white coats for ya.
    Or for it.....
    Education.

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    Re: A zygote and a laptop.

    What if it calls itself Eliza, and sets up a psychiatry practice?
    Don't work out, work in.

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    Re: A zygote and a laptop.

    Quote Originally Posted by Scarecrow Akhbar View Post
    Nonsense thread.

    When your laptop can grow and have real emotions and self-awareness, let us know, so we can call the men in the white coats for ya.
    Quote Originally Posted by Areopagitican View Post
    Nonsense thread.

    When your zygote can grow up and make you love it as much as you love your laptop, let us know, so we can call the men in the white coats for ya.
    Those are not requirements for it to be an organism. Many animals do not have self awareness or identifiable emotions.Plants don't have any. And yet they are still organisms.
    Last edited by Hatuey; 03-08-10 at 10:52 PM.
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    Re: A zygote and a laptop.

    1. An individual form of life

    A laptop is not living. Even if a laptop is classified as an "organism" in a systematic sense it is not a living thing.

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    Re: A zygote and a laptop.

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    1. An individual form of life

    A laptop is not living. Even if a laptop is classified as an "organism" in a systematic sense it is not a living thing.
    Who says it has to be? Read the second definition. My argument is that if some inanimate objects can be classified as organisms because of definition #2, and these organisms can be destroyed, removed by whatever means the owner decides, then the same can be said about zygotes by virtue of them being an organism with an owner of sorts.
    I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK

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