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At what point in fetal development do you think consciousness begins?

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  1. Some psychologists place true self awareness at as late as two years of age.
    The upper brain function that allows for consciousness isn’t present until the second trimester.

  2. conception. Why? When the sperm meets the egg, you have the complete genetic make-up of a new human being–one that hasn’t been here before. This new cell undergoes completely new changes and becomes something completely different. Furthermore, it begin growth and development–a process that will not stop until death. At no other time during its life will such a massive transformation occur.
    EDIT: thumbs down–good sign i’m on the right track. There is no other time when there’s such a massive biological change–why can’t that be the beginning of consciousness? I’m assuming we’re not talking memory, but thinking.

  3. If you are talking about abortion, it would be like people drowning puppies as they are being born. It’s just wrong and God says it is too.

  4. Depending on the individual. I sometimes think at 25 years of age, others I suspect never.
    Had a Judo Sensei once suggest at 14 then it stops again until the end of adolescence.
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