I would like to ask you a simple question - or questions - but in order to make my point you need to be truthful to yourself, and you'll need to do so
In December 2012, a fireball was seen over the skies of Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka. Over the following few days, fragments of the fireball were
collected and sent to Sri Lanka’s Medical Research Institute, where initial microscopic analysis revealed siliceous microalgae known as diatoms.
the scientific community was sceptical of the results — and so some fragments were sent to Cardiff University in Wales for further analysis. The
researchers at Cardiff are now reporting that they’re sure that these fragments come from an extraterrestrial meteorite — and that there are
definitely “fossilized biological structures” within them. Panspermia, it seems, is a go.
1. Did you exclaim: "Wow! They found extraterrestrial life
2. What do you tell your friends? Do you quote the article title to sum up? Astrobiologists discover fossils in meteorite fragments, confirming
Let's say the Mars Rover
Curiosity sent back this image of a biological organism - single celled:
3. What would your reaction be?
4. Would it satisfy your need to prove that extraterrestrial life
5. Would you believe that we have won the "battle" to prove the existence of aliens
6. How would you feel if the Mars Rover took a few photographs of the single celled organism
, and then killed it - zapped it with a laser?
Would you be upset?
If you have been paying close attention, you would have noticed that I just lied and that I set a trap to test your moral values. The image above is
obviously not a single celled organism. It is a human embryo at 3 weeks.
Now, keeping in the back of your mind what you consider "extraterrestrial life
7. How do you feel about abortion?
8 At what stage of a baby's development do you believe "life" begins (Using the list below)?
- fertilization, the fusing of the gametes to form a zygote
- implantation, the start of pregnancy, occurring about a week after fertilization
- segmentation, after twinning is no longer possible.
- when the heart begins to beat
- neuromaturation, when the central nervous system of fetus is neurobiologically "mature"
* "brain birth" concepts (compare with brain death):
at the first appearance of brain waves in lower brain (brain stem) - 6-8 weeks of gestation (paralleling ′′whole brain
at the first appearance of brain waves in higher brain (cerebral cortex) - 22-24 weeks of gestation (paralleling ′′higher brain
- the time of fetal movement, or "quickening"
- when the fetus is first capable of feeling pain
- when it can be established that the fetus is capable of cognition, or neonatal perception
- fetal viability
You see my point is we are often hypocritical. We tackle the great abortion debate with great self assurance. We have our ideas about what (we think)
human life is. We make moral stands fighting for the woman's right to go for an abortion.
And I'm not talking about the medical issues (for example if the mother's life is in danger) or social issues (such as rape victims) or even religious
issues. I'm talking about women and their "mistakes". A one-night stand without protection. Teenage pregnancy. In many countries it's just fine for a
woman (or girl) to walk up to a doctor and ask for an abortion; and they'll do it only if it's before the x trimester... Is that OK?
If you consider a single celled organism "life" but you do not consider a human embryo in its first trimester "life", then you may just be a
Just something to ponder.
edit on 14-5-2013 by Gemwolf because: Fixed tags