Personal Note to Sam Harris:
2) As a pro-choice believer, how about if your Mom had decided you weren’t really convenient for her at the time?
Evidently Mr. Marshall believes not merely in an afterlife, but in a prelife.
Mr. Marshall, a fetus is not a self-aware, concious human being; there was no “Curt Marshall” until your mother gave birth to you, and then you lived long long enough to learn language (since pre-linguistically, you couldn’t have known you were Curt Marshall.)
You are merely the product of an incredibly unlikely chain of events, and you did not exist until those events actually occurred. (For example, if another sperm had hit ground zero, the thing you call Curt Marshall might have been a female, or gay, or much shorter or much taller. Or even much smarter.)
But if it makes you feel better that you (and Sam Harris) were just floating around in the ether waiting for a body to inhabit, the agent of god’s plan which could have been ruined if your mother aborted the thing that became you, go ahead. But, be sure to keep the tin foil hat, because you never know!