Burn the ships
Yes, you made a simplistic MISREPRESENTATION of what I said.
I am glad we can at least agree on half of that even if you don't have the maturity to apolgise for making a mistake and misrepresenting me.
It's okay, I forgive you.
And you are the person responsible for how you get treated, don't blame me.
Is human life tied to how much brain matter we have? Is an Einstein more human than I?
Nope, as there's not that much difference in brain matter. Both you and Einstein are individuals, i.e. you are distinct persons due to your own unique level and character of neurological complexity and upbringing (hardware and software if you like).
Once again, you say something I didn't. I said something with the same or less brain mass as a rodent can't be considered an individual.
Do you disagree with this?
I know yes and no answers to this underscore the weakness of your argument, and as an intelligent person you realise this at least on some level and will probably therefore giving a straight question a straight answer.
Is humanness an agglomeration of fat and neurons?
Paris Hilton shows this not to be true. Seriously, no, it is the 'software' that can be run by an agglomeration of fat and neurons of sufficient size to sustain that level of complexity provided it not suffered damage to cause a permanent crash in the ‘software’.
I don't need to prove the size of the brain of a foetus.
No, there's plenty of independently verifiable facts to show my point is true, you don't need to prove anything. Besides, you're argument is based on superstition even if you don't see it that way. You have a belief in some form of magic that makes a foetus with grams of brain matter the same as a baby with a brain hundreds of times larger. The weight of a foetal brain won't remove this superstitious belief.
A foetus of the gestational age I talking about does not have the hardware to run the ‘software’ to have a personality. It is a tabla rasa, albeit one smaller than a postage stamp.
That is a misdirection. A foetus is human.
Never said it wasn't old chap, so your claim of misdirection is curious given your level of evasion and misrepresentation.
To destroy it is to murder.
To destroy a human is murder.
Yes, I agree. So you advocate the murder of humans - by definition, in your own words. That was easy. Of course, your definiton of human is 'live tissue with H. sapiens DNA', whereas mine is slightly more meaningful as it requires the live tissue with H. sapiens DNA to have personality, i.e. that which makes us an individual human being.
And the fact a brain-dead woman can be used as an incubator means nothing in this discussion, however miraculous it was to the family.
Okay, so To use your brain matter argument as an ethical basis would allow me to euthanize the mentally handicapped.
Nope. Because even the mentally handicapped are massively neurologically complex and have personalities. Their brains are significantly larger than those of squirrels. Again, you misunderstand or misrepresent what I said.
If there is no person in a living hunk of human flesh, regardless of size - either due to cessation of brain activity or to brain activity of sufficient complexity to be classed in the same category as a born human never having started, then stopping the that hunk of human flesh living is not an ethical problem as you are not destroying a personality or individual in any sense of the word that has meaning.
I think what you have here Burn, is a discussion where you end up in two posts showing how poorly thought out your position is, as you show you advocate the murder of humans by the contradictions in your own argument, even in your own words. My position is actually consistent and sustainable.
Killing people is wrong because killing people is wrong.
Brain-dead humans are not people other than in the emotional standing they have in the minds of those who knew them, as what made them a person has gone. Unborn humans with such undeveloped brains that they haven't developed any capacity for a personality are not people, other than in the emotional standing they might have in the minds of some people.
Mentally handicapped people are people. Murderers and paedophiles are people.
Of course, as I said at the outset, I really don't expect you to change your mind. Even one person changing their mind on a thread like this is a miracle and a credit to them.