I really appreciate the comments made by Dr. Roger Nosal on June 30. His remarks about life being a continuum are great and, in a sense, accurate about life not having a beginning (or and end, for that matter).
However, the logic of philosophers and theologians, centuries older than the insight offered by modern science, still is valid. Namely, a thing cannot be both true and not true at the same time or in the same sense. Life, viewed as a universal, certainly is not the same as life in a specific instance, be it animal or plant or any species within either kingdom. Life at the level of an individual cell is certainly not the same as that of a living being composed of a host of differentiated cells. Yet all these are alive.
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If one looks carefully at Dr. Nosal's comments on conception, he makes an excellent case for human life beginning at that point. Thank you for publishing Dr. Nosal's interesting letter.
Charles E. Glomski
Elk Grove Village