Re: Essence Vital (was)Ahumans

From: Lee Daniel Crocker (
Date: Thu Jan 20 2000 - 12:03:54 MST

> << > I think people will first have to abandon the concept
> > of a soul before they're willing to view life as just
> > a collection of molecules. >>

Life _is_ "just a collection of molecules", in exactly the same
way that the Mona Lisa is just some smudges of colored oil on a
piece of cloth, or that the Declaration of Independence is just
some squiggles of black liquid on pounded plant fibers. It is
the _information_ about how those molecules are arranged that is
unique and valuable; and it is that information that we wish to
preserve, not the mere physical substrates.

The only information value of a zygote is its genome. A human
being that was born and lived contains far more information: all
of eir life experiences and ideas and successes and failures. A
raw genome can't be anywhere near as valuable as that. Our
intuition and legal system that sees zygote as something less
than a full human being is a correct application of this fact.

Lee Daniel Crocker <> <>
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