What characteristics define a "human"?
Here are some questions to get you started:
If science one day manages to copy an entire human's brain into a computer such that the all their memories, the way that person thinks, behaves, etc. are exactly the same as the original "copy", would you consider that computer human?
If you amputate all of a human being's limbs, are they still human?
If you cut off a human's ears, eyes, nose, tongue, etc., are they still human?
If a human's mind goes into a vegetative state, are they still human?
Does a single human cell with fully in-tact genuine human DNA constitute a human? (ex. a skin cell, a recently-fertilised egg, etc.)
Are recently-deceased humans still human? Will they always be human or is there a point in time when they are no longer considered human?
Are there fractional humans? (ex. measured by number of limbs, one's degree of intelligence, ability to think critically, amount of worldly knowledge, etc.)
I notice that some here don't like books and references and all, but I have no other way to help you see your own denials. So, I hope you will reconsider the use of some scientific and other objective information that I share and use to support my claims.
Note that these are NOT abortion related websites.
late 14c., "the young while in the womb or egg," ~http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=fetus
Placenta Cream "The placenta nourishes the young while in the womb, transferring food and other essentials for life from the mother to the growing fetus. "~ http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-placenta-cream.htm
"preg•nant1 (ˈprɛg nənt) adj.
1. having a child or other offspring developing in the body; with child or young, as a woman or female mammal."~
Charles Darwin"The shape, also, of the pelvis might affect by pressure the shape of the head of the young in the womb." ~ Charles Darwin in "Origin of Species" ~ http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/origin/chapter6.html
GESTATION:"5. The act of carrying young in the womb from conception to delivery; pregnancy.[Websters]~http://www.websters-online-dictionary.org/definitions/gestation
NOTE: This is not a question about when a child's life begins. This is a question about when a child's rights should begin. Please understand the difference before you answer. A child's right to their life should begin when their life does Anyone who fails to address the question will be banned
In a Pacific Grove, California - Lawmakers have passed a law making it a $1000 fine for anyone to molest a Monarch butterfly.
"A 1939 city ordinance authorizes a $1,000 fine for "MOLESTING a butterfly in ANY way." The people of Pacific Grove have had a long love affair with their butterfly guests and take THEIR PROTECTION very seriously. "In that same respect, an Abortion is a form of Molestation too.
Humans interfere with natural selection and put effort and resources into keeping endangered animals from becoming extinct. Laws have been created to protect endangered species, protected zones such as national parks have been created, and non-government organisations spend countless time, money and resources in feeding and breeding certain species. Is it justifyable to invest so much in perserving species that nature has deemed unift for their changing environments? Should only certain species that have been in decline due to human actions be protected?
Let's imagine what the world would look like if certain events in history had ended differently than they did.
I'd like this debate to work like this: Someone posts a comment about an event, suggesting a different outcome and their ideas of how things might be different, then whoever wants to can post their ideas about it. Someone else posts a comment about a different event, and people comment, etc...
This idea was inspired by a Russian history class and The Watchmen(I haven't actually seen the movie; I have a comic book nerd friend who told me the basic storyline. x]).