Our new Indie Games subforum is now open for business in G&T. Go and check it out, you might land a code for a free game. If you're developing an indie game and want to post about it, follow these directions
. If you don't, he'll break your legs! Hahaha! Seriously though.
Our rules have been updated and given their own forum
. Go and look at them! They are nice, and there may be new ones that you didn't know about! Hooray for rules! Hooray for The System! Hooray for Conforming!
Just to get this out of the way in the first sentence, I am throwing down the strict on-topic gauntlet and daring you to pick it up. Is it possible to have a discussion about this core question without devolving into an abortion thread? I hope so! Perhaps there can't be a right answer, and it all comes down to belief. Or perhaps someone feels he can say definitively and defend the proposition. Either way, I'm curious to hear what you all think.
To begin, here's the report on MI's new effort
to define life. Obviously they have an agenda, but forget about that for the moment
(or go here
to say something about that agenda), and let's address the question itself: when does an organism become a person? When does life
begin? Societies have defined it as anywhere from the instant of conception to the beginning of brain activity to the beginning of learned behavior, to 'viability' outside the womb and all the way up to a 'quickening' that happens days after birth. Or, are the beginnings of life and person-hood different moments in time?
What say you all - when do you mark the beginning of life, and why?