Are Feeding Tubes Artificial?

Stupidus posted this couple days ago from Yet Another SF Fan on Terry Schiavo:
"Would People in Space Colonies Be Really Alive? After all, all of them are going to be maintained by artificial means."

Excellent question... Where does the argument over the artificial nature end?

After all babies cannot survive other than by artificial means... Does that mean they shouldn't be fed? Obviously not. Though what about artificial breathing apparatuses, are they any different then an oxygen tank strapped to the back of an astronaut?

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