Not Ready To Function?

a: Zygote ~
b: a swiss army knife

What: "In any case, I have an argument for why the zygote would possess a functional equivalent. To use an analogy, the equivalent in a zygote is like a swiss army knife. It has to be unfolded first before use, but contains the same functionality. It is like a zipped file. It doesn't matter whether you send a file zipped or not, if I only care about what the unzipped file does, especially if it's self extracting. "

Writer: keda
Date: May 15 2013 10:47 PM

A Planted Plant

a: Zygote ~
b: plant

What: "But that is not the problem. The problem is defining when after cinception the zygote can think, or do anything that isn't merely vegetative. If it is merely the fact that it is alive that makes it human(in the philosophical sense rather than the scientific sense), then what justifies us killing animals? For weeks after conception the zygote is like a plant, unable to think, without a brain. I see no reason why this zygote is more important than an animal?"

Writer: iamian
Date: May 15 2013 10:50 PM

Green Venn Diagram

METAMIA is a free database of analogy and metaphor. Anyone can contribute or search. The subject matter can be anything. Science is popular, but poetry is encouraged. The goal is to integrate our fluid muses with the stark literalism of a relational database. Metamia is like a girdle for your muses, a cognitive girdle.