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  1. Or a body can be either a person or the remains of a person.

    It could be said that it is not merely a collection of cells that make a sparrow; instead, we look for an entity consisting of an active collection of cells – a certain collection of cells, functioning in a certain way, that is – which make that what we call a sparrow, a sparrow. In this line of thought, there would be no sparrow without the particular organic collection of cells that is characteristic of this particular organism (characteristic, of course, according to a taxonomy of our own invention). But the fact someone might find a decaying dead sparrow does at no point suggest the former sparrow was more than its fuzzy self, now or when it was alive.

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