Warren's Criteria for Personhood Assignment

Warren's Criteria for Personhood Assignment - Steven Seage...

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Steven Seage Criteria for Personhood 1. Given what you know about biology and philosophy, do you consider the following pairs of sentences logically consistent? Discuss. (a) a human embryo is a person (b) a human embryo is reasonable. A human embryo is not a person. It is in the beginning stages of becoming a person. A caterpillar is on its way to becoming a butterfly but a caterpillar is not a butterfly. A human embryo is not reasonable because it cannot make decisions on its own yet. As is it growing and gaining cells, DNA is responsible for all the actions of the embryo. 2. Is it logically possible for a very powerful computer to be conscious? Is it physically possible? It is logically possible for a very powerful computer to be conscious. If the definition of conscious is being aware of itself, a computer can have programs to be aware that it is on and running. However, it is not physically possible because there is not a computer powerful enough to think on its own yet. Computers must take input for any
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This note was uploaded on 04/04/2008 for the course PHI 2010 taught by Professor Dobson during the Spring '08 term at FAU.

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