Wednesday, July 13, 2005

The Troglodyte on "Pro-ESRC Argument is Divided Against Itself"

Scott W of The Troglodyte has a great argument here. The Crux: English language verified by dictionary publication declares that a human person begins at conception. Any ramblings by experts that obscure this are just so much smoke-and-mirrors. Observe:
the human individual is a person, by definition, who has a life cycle that extends before implantation. This renders the assertion that neural activity is required for personhood irrelevant. But just to beat a dead horse, which is distinctly different from beating an equine zygote, looking at the definition of life (again) requires only that there be "the quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a dead body." That a zygote can be placed in suspended animation and then later have it resumed such that his or her development may continue along the normal life cycle proves that the distinguishing quality for a person's life at the stage of a zygote is decidedly not neural activity.

That such pro-ESRC arguments require we redefine arbitrarily the language to avoid their self-contradictions for supporting the destruction of living individuals of the family of man indicates that what is at stake is whether we as a culture choose to deny the first of self-evident truths and conclude that some lives are more equal than others.
I couldn't agree more. In fact, the part of his statement I placed in bold describes perfectly the ambition of the Reasonable. Denial of self-evident truths allows the Reasonable to assert that there are no truths. In the absence of truth, they may then propose whatever they desire. Thus, they enshrine for themselves the absolute right to define existence, meaning and purpose. They establish the Great I Am, and if a few inconvenient lives get in the way, well, that's the price of progress. Can't make an omlet without breaking a few eggs, after all.

Fools laugh at their folly. For only the Reasonable have lost their minds to the point where they refuse to believe what literally rests in front of their faces. When Fools laugh loud enough to drown out the chattering of the Reasonable, the societies of the world have a chance to return to sanity. If they do not, then expect more arguments like the Troglodyte sites here.