Here’s how Steven Pinker describes the actual science in “The Blank Slate”:
“Just as a microscope reveals that a straight edge is really ragged, research on human reproduction shows that the ‘moment of conception’ is not a moment at all. Sometimes several sperm penetrate the outer membrane of the egg, and it takes time for the egg to eject the extra chromosomes … Even when a single sperm enters, its genes remain separate from those of the egg for a day or more, and it takes yet another day or so for the newly merged genome to control the cell. So the ‘moment’ of conception is in fact a span of twenty-four to forty-eight hours.”
The assumption of Obama’s critics is that a president should always reduce complex issues to simple black and white truisms, unfounded in reality. That’s why they supported Bush. And that’s why they’re supporting McCain.
The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan
Bit your tongue, Andrew! Americans won’t fall for your Satanist explanations of conception. John McCain knows that every sperm contains within it the complete make up of a good Christian baby. It’s all explained in this cogent diagram from 1695, when McCain was barely an adolescent: