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Wymiar duchowy reakcji chemicznej, czyli język jako źródło nadużyć, Kultura Liberalna (nr 387, June 7, 2016)

I have written about reasons for which “life begins with a light sparkle” is true only under very specific interpretation. Interpretation which is **not** the one supported by radical Catholic media.

>The article discusses the way in which popular media reported a recent biological result showing that there is a lighting reaction at the moment of fertilization. The paper: “The zink spark is an inorganic signature of human egg activation” was published by researchers from Woodruff Lab from Northwestern in Scientific Reports, Apr. 2016.

This result was reported by The Telegraph under the title: “Bight flash of light marks incredible moment life begins when sperm meets egg”, and it was further proclaimed by some radical Catholics as an additional proof that life starts at conception that might be used in the discussion about abortion and in-vitro.

I look at changes of contexts of interpretation, and resulting meaning shifts of the terms used in the description of the event.

The article is in Polish.