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I’m currently writing a million page essay (maybe I’m exaggerating on the million page, but maybe 10) on the stages of life from the zygote to late adulthood. It’s been an amazing semester. I’ve read and learned about how and why people change and it’s been the most remarkable thing.
To think that a human can grow from a hollow shell into an emotionally, mentally, physically, interesting being is mind blowing.
Every human is different. Every human can inherits a different combination of genes.
Every human is beautiful. I’ve met a beautiful person throughout these five months.
You are beautiful in every single way. :)
"A zygote is only a potential human in the same way that an acorn is only a potential oak tree" fallacy debunked
The problem here is that you’re trying to compare an adjective and a noun. Basic English lessons, folks.
“Zygote” is an adjective.
“Human” is a noun.
“Acorn” is an adjective.
“Tree” is an adjective.
“Oak” is a noun.
You see, we’re talking about different levels of development of species. Oaks are species. Humans are species. Deal with it.
Now, an oak doesn’t start off as a tree, does it? It starts off as an oak acorn. But that doesn’t mean that it’s not inherently an oak. Of course it’s an oak! It just needs time to become an oak tree. It needs time to develop into another stage of its life.
Similarly, a non-human thing can’t become a human. But, a human zygote can become a human fetus, then a human infant, then a human child, then a human adult. If zygote humans are only potential humans, then why are infants not potential humans? Or, why don’t we call everyone under the age of 18 “potential adults?”
Categories, categories, categories.
Addendum: I guess everyone’s really angry, as usual. I should have been more clear, but you really can’t help but notice that “zygote” and “acorn” are just descriptions (i.e. adjectives) of humans and oaks at different points in their development. So yes, “zygote” and “acorn” are just describing (acting as adjectives) the stage of life of that species (noun) in the same way that “adult” and “tree” describe a different stage of life of a species.