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Posted by Mario Dovalina on June 6, 2002 03:41:26 UTC

"I think only humans have souls."

Why not chimps, who share 99% of our DNA? Why not dolphins, who exibit intelligence, group dynamics, and higher brain functions? If a human were to be born with such mental, genetic, and physical disabilities that we was inferior to a dog, would you say he has a soul? Yes? In that case, on what criteria do we base the handing out of souls?

Also, I think you would have to admit that animals experience emotions, pain, happiness, etc. (at least the more complex mammals) What kind of cruel injustice, then, is it to deny them a soul? (assuming we have them)

"My answer to what makes a think living or not is the search for food. I think if an organism searches for food or a way of life, it is alive. Rocks do not, bacteria do."

Behavior is only part of the issue. Here's the problem: if you reduce a living thing more and more to its base components (human -> system -> organ -> cell -> organelle -> DNA chain -> amino acids -> carbon molecules) at what point does it cease to be organic? I'm saying that there is no definable point.

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