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Fission, fusion, and the simple view.

Authors
  • Tollefsen, Christopher
Type
Published Article
Journal
Christian bioethics
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2006
Volume
12
Issue
3
Pages
255–263
Identifiers
PMID: 17162673
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

In this essay, I defend three Simple Views concerning human beings. First, that the human embryo is, from the one-cell stage onwards, a single unitary organism. Second, that when an embryo twins, it ceases to exist and two new embryos come into existence. And third, that you and I are essentially human organisms. This cluster of views shows that it is not necessary to rely on co-location, or other obscure claims, in understanding human embryogenesis.

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