From: Leonel Moura
Date: Sun, 11 Mar 2007 14:18:38 +0000
Mistreatment of non-human life forms is based on anthropocentrism and its discourse of human superiority. And we don't need to go very far to learn the reasoning of that kind of “philosophy”. For example Vladimir Mironov, a panelist of this debate, on an early post (08-03-07) stated that we humans are the “most sophisticated species on this planet”. Conclusion that he delivers in his paperhttp://www.musc.edu/bioprinting/html/bioprinting_art.htmlwhere among other things we can read:
" What makes us humans? Humans, according to definition, are not animals. One can call humans bio-social creatures, but what makes us really different from animals? The answer is very simple: humans have something that animals do not. Animals do not have religion, art, science and technology. Shortly speaking, animals do not have culture. "
Humans are not animals? Curious... Bio-social? What about ants? Although it is not clear if (non-human) animals have religion, which to be true would be very fortunate for them, or science which would be a temporary setback in evolution, it is evident that many of them have behaviors and skills that easily can be consider as art and technology. Anyway the fact that some people, and a lot of them, need to demonstrate that we are unique and superior just reveals a profound and dangerous antagonism in regard to life in general. The same antagonism that generates abuse, exploitation and slaughter of all non-human life forms. Edward O. Wilson, Richard Dawkins and Stephen Jay Gould, just to mention a well known few, explain brilliantly the process.
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