Mudcat Café message #334484 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #27282   Message #334484
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
04-Nov-00 - 01:19 PM
Thread Name: Abortion: Here we Go...
Subject: RE: Abortion: Here we Go...
Just a tiny bunch of cells or a human being at an early stage of development...

Look at it this way - a book is a physical object you can pick up and handle and lend to friends. And because the little black marks on the pages can be decoded by your mind, a book is also a mental object, you get a link direct to the mind of another human being who wrote it.

So when you destroy the only copy of a book, you're doing something quite serious. And if you destroy the manuscript of a book that hasn't been printed that's what you are doing.

But these days likely enough there won't be a manuscript. The author will use a computer. And for the first part of its life, that's where the physical book exists, just a bunch of electrons somewhere in a computer. If you could get all those electrons together in one place you wouldn't even be able to see them, they're so small.

A human being at an early stage of development is just a tiny bunch of cells...That's what we looked like at that stage, you, me, all of us.