I would think that anyone reading this would agree that there’s a difference between a person and a toaster. A toaster is not self-aware. I find it interesting that cells in and of themselves are not self aware; however, when enough of them aggregate the collection suddenly is. I guess it just blows my mind that a collection of individually non-self aware biological machines can together create a consciousness. People are essentially a collection of objects. Cells, atoms, subatomic particles. They’re all objects. Tissue is an object. But at some point this collection of objects transcends it’s simple make up.
I don’t believe in souls, so please, readers, hold off on the comments about the magical, intangible essence that allegedly animates everyone.
My question is at what point do people make the transition from collection of benign objects to personhood? Or is there any difference? Are people objects, like a toaster or a chair? If the qualification for not being an object is simply the virtue of being alive, are bacteria objects, despite the fact that they aren’t self-aware?
I feel like I’m rambling, and that all of my thoughts haven’t quite congealed on the subject yet…I just thought I’d throw this up here.