posted on Oct, 1 2007 @ 06:30 PM
I disagree with the term self aware. They are able to recognize that there is something interesting in the mirror. That being said, a child actually
becomes self aware in week 1.
"Week 1-4 5-7 days after fertilization, the blastula attaches to the wall of the uterus (endometrium). When it comes into contact with the
endometrium it performs implantation. Implantation connections between the mother and the embryo will begin to form, including the umbilical cord. The
embryo's growth centers around an axis, which will become the spine and spinal cord."
"Animal zygotes undergo mitotic cell divisions to become an embryo"
If and when the genes are added, then a truly new person appears, just without experience. thus, if they are going strictly out of instinct, which
would be to grow and develop.
Here is the definition of instinct:
"Instinct is the inherent disposition of a living organism toward a particular behavior. Instincts are unlearned, inherited fixed action patterns of
responses or reactions to certain kinds of stimuli. Innate emotions, which can be expressed in more flexible ways and learned patterns of responses,
not instincts, form a basis for majority of responses to external stimuli in evolutionary higher species, while in case of highest evolved species
both of them are overridden by actions based on cognitive processes with more or less intelligence and creativity or even trans-intellectual
Examples of instinctual fixed action patterns can be observed in the behavior of animals, which perform various activities (sometimes complex) that
are not based upon prior experience and do not depend on emotion or learning, such as reproduction, and feeding among insects. Other examples include
animal fighting, animal courtship behavior, internal escape functions, and building of nests.
Instinctual actions - in contrast to actions based on learning which is served by memory and which provides individually stored successful reactions
built upon experience - have no learning curve, they are hard-wired and ready to use without learning, but do depend on maturational processes to
With all this being said, the moment the egg and sperm meet, an organism is formed, whether you want to classify it as human, or pre-human has yet to
be established, but it is non-the-less and organism.