(1)The anatomy of a human fetus is more similar to a rat than a human. That's what I'm professing. Murder is defined as one Human killing another human, with spiteful intent. Abortion is more of one(emotionally confused) human removing an unwanted clump of cells from its abdomen.
Anatomically speaking, the average fetus is closer to a rat than a human being around the time it is aborted. That doesn't sound like murder to me.
(1) What exactly do you think your professing? I am questioning your understanding of the subject.
(2) How does form exhibit nature?
(2b) Can you think of any other cases, to not include a developing baby, where a person does not have the form of a functional human being, but is still human?
Here's a good definition for a human:
"Humans are characterized by having a large brain relative to body size, with a particularly well developed neocortex, prefrontal cortex and temporal lobes, making them capable of abstract reasoning, language, introspection, problem solving and culture through social learning."
Does a developing fetus fit this criteria?
By anatomy, is the predication of this definition based solely on appearance or actual substance?
Actually substance. Appearance is a pretty silly reason.
The biological tissue of a fetus is not closer to a rat. The genetic information is not closer to a rat.
Do you shed a tear every time you kill the human biological tissue on your nose that you scratch off?
Does appearance set the standard for reality? Would you want to be held to using a measurement based on appearance for other situations/objects/creatures? Would you want to be held to that measurement?
My assertion is not based on appearances. I kinda said that.
Does anything than an average adult fit this criteria?
Pretty much every human.
What about mentally disabled, malformed adults, patients post-cerebral operation, or other alternative conditions to set one outside this adult characterisitic. What about a 6 month old? They don't have a well-developed brain and aren't capable of abstract reasoning, language, etc.
There's an incredibly significant difference between having a temporal lobe/neocortex/prefrontal cortex that you cannot use, and not having one at all.
To the clump of cells: If I shoot someone in the face, am I not only removing an unwanted clump of cells from my presence?
No, you'd be shooting a living, breathing, thinking human being. That is wrong.
(2) The point was that it's not human. I wasn't really saying "because it doesn't look like a human, it isn't". I was throwing out an example of why I don't really think it's "murder" to have an abortion. Do I personally think it's wrong to have one, and will I urge friends and family to avoid them? Of course. Christianity values life on a higher sense than Secularism. But I also think that lying is wrong, and I urge my friends and family to avoid it as well.
(2b) I think I need a better definition of what you're asking before I can answer this. My answer right now would be no, but I'm not sure what you're getting at.
(2) My counter is that your definition of "human" is lacking, and is narrow enough to exclude many individuals despite their stage of development.
I explained in the above answers to your questions.
(2b) An example could be be a reduction of form to escape your definition. Stephen Hawking could meet your definition. What if we took his brain and put it in a jar, still alive. Is he still human, or does he forfeit that right?
I think he'd still be considered human. If his brain was kept alive. He would still be thinking, although he would be completely deprived of his senses. He would just sit there and think. That's actually pretty sad. >_> But that's irrelevant. Anyhow.
What about the mentally disabled? Are they human? Some aren't capable of the definition you propose, even at 30 years old.
I explained. If you have a developed temporal lobe at all, in the way that you are a human being, you should in theory be capable of abstract thought. As you are
a human, you have a well-enough developed temporal lobe to be considered human.
I'd also like to remind you of the fact that I was not the creator of these parameters. I pretty much copied and pasted Wikipedia.