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Posted Apr 1, '14 at 9:45am

TerminatorXM214

TerminatorXM214

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I vote the for animals such as @Doge and @EvilKittyCat666, NO RIGHTS CAN BE GIVEN.
SUCH ANIMALS MUST DEATH AND PAIN CAN BE THEIR ONLY SOLACE.

 

Posted Apr 1, '14 at 9:52am

Asherlee

Asherlee

5,346 posts

Knight

The central argument of the book is an expansion of the utilitarian idea that "the greatest good of the greatest number" is the only measure of good or ethical behaviour. Singer believes that there is no reason not to apply this to other animals, arguing that the boundary between human and âanimalâ is completely arbitrary. There are more differences between a great ape and an oyster, for example, than between a human and a great ape, and yet the former two are lumped together as âanimalsâ whilst we are âhumanâ.

In particular, he argues that while animals show lower intelligence than the average human, many severely intellectually challenged humans show equally diminished, if not lower, mental capacity, and that some animals have displayed signs of intelligence sometimes on par with that of human children. Singer therefore argues intelligence does not provide a basis for providing nonhuman animals any less consideration than such intellectually challenged humans. [16]
He popularized the term "speciesism", which was originally coined by Richard D. Ryder, to describe the practice of privileging humans over other animals.

 

Posted Apr 1, '14 at 11:49am

FishPreferred

FishPreferred

1,845 posts

Has anyone brought up Peter Singer, yet?


Yes, actually. Asherlee mentioned him only a few hours ago.

Singer believes that there is no reason not to apply this to other animals, arguing that the boundary between human and âanimalâ is completely arbitrary.


I agree with this, although I recognize the problems that would arise if it were to actually be applied.

In particular, he argues that while animals show lower intelligence than the average human, [...]


Even this consensus is unsound and the criteria is largely subjective.
 
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