Once upon a time, the University of Texas at Austin was a highly reputable institution. However, if Sahotra Sarkar, a professor of philosophy and integrative biology, is an example of its intellectual quality, save your money and read some really good books instead. I say this because Sarkar has made the absolutely ludicrous argument that, while human life can begin at many times, it almost certainly doesn't begin at conception. The reasoning behind this statement is so simplistic that only a leftist could have thought it up.
Sakar is a highly credentialed man. He got a B.A. at Columbia and an M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. He taught at McGill University and was a fellow at the Max Planck Institute and at MIT. He's published lots of articles and books. All of them are written in the turgid, cant-filled language so beloved in academia, which uses five-dollar words to convey five-cent thoughts.
My Take - Another good reason to stop funding academia, and what if we decided to place a value on this man's life.