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Thank you, I really enjoyed this. I suspect that our tendency to view the other as lesser, be it a human or non-human animal, is as "pre-programmed" and biologically based as behaviors considered as such when found in non-humans. http://www.pnas.org/content/108/4/1262.abstract The condescending terms we use for non-human phenomena may be more fitting than fancy labels, like "philosophy" and "morality", that elevate human animals above their majestic non-human relatives. Our view of human intelligence may well be more distorted than our view of non-human varieties. A deeper understanding of ourselves may lie in the realization that "animal intelligence" is a category to which our own intelligence belongs.
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How would you choose to die if you could choose your own death? This isn’t a question that gets asked very often, but it’s an interesting and important one to consider. It’s probably safe to say that most of us... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2010 at 3quarksdaily
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