There IS always someone. If not insurance company that is paying for it than the state. No one is kept alive when the recovery takes a miracle.
Originally Posted by AbsoluteVoluntarist
No sneaking and not the basis of my argument.
You're argument was based partly on the idea that if no one cared about the individual, you could kill it. Don't try to sneak out of this.
Of course they do. Homeostasis is made possible by organs and zygotes do not have any.
Zygotes don't totally lack homeostasis either!
How does the zygote not fit this definition?
I did not claim they were, only that they too were life.
Unfertilized eggs and sperm are not "contiguous living systems" but only part of them.
Not for homeostasis and that is what defines us a independent living entities.
I might be. Siamese twins are. But even barring that, we are still dependent on outside forces and generally other human beings for life.
That is your problem.
I don't see why being physically attached to someone else makes all the difference.
What are you attempting to say?
Of course it does. The inability to maintain our lives has nothing to do with the inability to maintain our lives. You also suggest a person on a respirator is n homeostasis but a fetus isn't? I see no difference.
The very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. Instead of altering their views to fit the facts, they alter the facts to fit their views...
"There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that “my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge." Isaac Asimov