Marque answered my objection by writing:
"Conception is an event and not a process,as I see it. There is a point
when the sperm fertilizes the egg that a protective barrier is formed around
the egg so that no other sperm can enter (this takes a matter of a couple of
One hour -- or two minutes -- or 2 microseconds -- I do not see how the
argument I made differs.
I can see your other argument, and it holds.
Briefly, I restate your position as:
1. The soul is infused at some point of time, scientifically undefined and
unmeasurable (i.e. this is a philosophical, not a scientific argument) in
the conception process.
2. If the conceptus subsequently splits into twins, a second soul is infused
at that point.
I observe that an equally useful position would be that God infused two
souls during the conception process. I like that argument better.
3. If the two twins subsequently fuse, one or the other of them dies, and
the soul that it had is treated as the soul of any other unborn embryo.
I think the set holds together OK as a possible metaphysical position,
consistent with what we do know from science. It does not satisfy me, but
that's probably my problem.
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