@wynn -- Worth less according to what? How common the components are? What the individual configuration is capable of? Hence why your argument fails. You can't tell me exactly why it should be worth less and I can come up with a million reasons why it could be worth infinitely more. For starters there's the fact that any child of mine would share half of my genes and thus act as a gateway to the future for my genes, and the fact that I(as a human) am hardwired to do and like this(for the most part) gives any child of mine far more value to me than a candy bar. You made the mistake of thinking that you actually understand what a materialistic worldview is and then attaching some unknown value to it that you hoped would prove your point. Arguing with preconceived notions in your head is a great way to be incorrect. Of course, your entire approach was flawed. You claimed that materialistic worldviews should lead to less caring people and then when challenged on this you demanded that the other person prove you wrong. This is what we call "shifting the burden of proof". You made the claim, the onus to support it rests solely with you. @Pineal -- Not necessarily, your fears might still be realized one day, but your OP is a slippery slope argument. Just because what you fear might come true isn't an argument against anything but an argument for caution. My point was that what you might call "desacralization" another might call sacred, hence the whole problem with the concept of "sacredness" in the first place.