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The very word itself, if we can hold our noses and call it a word, is
disgusting. Most spell-checkers reject it as a properly spelled English
word. It's a revolting neologism, coined by sophists.

One of the most obvious defects in the "ar" criticism of so-called
"speciesism" is that it rather than say what is substantially wrong
with, "ar" passivists instead commit a logical fallacy, what might be
called the Guilt by Association or "Bad Company" fallacy. At the very
outset of any "ar" condemnation of "speciesism", there is an immediate
attempt to link it with racism and sexism, as if that's all that's
needed to show that "speciesism" not only is morally wrong but deeply
evil. In fact, the very word itself, with its "ism" suffix, is
deliberately - I would say cynically - intended to suggest this linkage.
There is no escaping the fact that this is a fallacy. If someone is
going to say that "speciesism" is wrong, he's going to have to say why
it is wrong in its substance.

The comparison, however, is wrong in *its* substance. Not only is it a
logical fallacy to condemn "speciesism" simply by comparing it to racism
and sexism, but the comparison is false; it doesn't stand up to
scrutiny. First of all, putting aside any concern about "marginal
cases", there *is* a general morally significant difference between
humans and all other species, a difference that is wholly
species-dependent. Humans are moral agents; no other animal species
contains any moral agents. That is a morally significant difference -
so much so, that "ar" passivists say humans are *obliged* to alter their
view of animals as a result of it. In other words, "ar" passivists are
themselves "speciesist" in condemning "speciesism". The failure of race
to be a morally significant separator is too obvious to require much
comment. Whatever moral attribute people might want to use as a
criterion for discrimination, race does not logically include or exclude
an individual. If admission to prestigious universities is to be
granted based on high grades and high standardized test scores, then
there is no valid reason to exclude someone of any given race if he has
sufficiently high scores. We don't need to invoke "marginal cases" to
see what's wrong with using race or sex as a discriminating criterion:
some, or perhaps even many, members of historically disadvantaged human
groups meet the objective criteria for inclusion.

The second way in which the comparison fails is that racial minorities
and women are able to advance their own claims that they possess the
traits that are supposed to be the criteria for inclusion. In fact, the
very act of making their own claim is part of the demonstration that
they *do* possess those relevant traits. Other species' members cannot
do this - *none* of them.

For these reasons, "speciesism" fails as a criticism of the human use of
animals.
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On Apr 11, 7:15*pm, wrote:
> The very word itself, if we can hold our noses and call it a word, is
> disgusting. *Most spell-checkers reject it as a properly spelled English
> word. *It's a revolting neologism, coined by sophists.
>
> One of the most obvious defects in the "ar" criticism of so-called
> "speciesism" is that it rather than say what is substantially wrong
> with, "ar" passivists instead commit a logical fallacy, what might be
> called the Guilt by Association or "Bad Company" fallacy. *At the very
> outset of any "ar" condemnation of "speciesism", there is an immediate
> attempt to link it with racism and sexism, as if that's all that's
> needed to show that "speciesism" not only is morally wrong but deeply
> evil. *In fact, the very word itself, with its "ism" suffix, is
> deliberately - I would say cynically - intended to suggest this linkage.
> * There is no escaping the fact that this is a fallacy. *If someone is
> going to say that "speciesism" is wrong, he's going to have to say why
> it is wrong in its substance.
>
> The comparison, however, is wrong in *its* substance. *Not only is it a
> logical fallacy to condemn "speciesism" simply by comparing it to racism
> and sexism, but the comparison is false; it doesn't stand up to
> scrutiny. *First of all, putting aside any concern about "marginal
> cases", there *is* a general morally significant difference between
> humans and all other species, a difference that is wholly
> species-dependent. *Humans are moral agents; no other animal species
> contains any moral agents. *That is a morally significant difference -
> so much so, that "ar" passivists say humans are *obliged* to alter their
> view of animals as a result of it. *In other words, "ar" passivists are
> themselves "speciesist" in condemning "speciesism". *The failure of race
> to be a morally significant separator is too obvious to require much
> comment. *Whatever moral attribute people might want to use as a
> criterion for discrimination, race does not logically include or exclude
> an individual. *If admission to prestigious universities is to be
> granted based on high grades and high standardized test scores, then
> there is no valid reason to exclude someone of any given race if he has
> sufficiently high scores. *We don't need to invoke "marginal cases" to
> see what's wrong with using race or sex as a discriminating criterion:
> some, or perhaps even many, members of historically disadvantaged human
> groups meet the objective criteria for inclusion.
>
> The second way in which the comparison fails is that racial minorities
> and women are able to advance their own claims that they possess the
> traits that are supposed to be the criteria for inclusion. *In fact, the
> very act of making their own claim is part of the demonstration that
> they *do* possess those relevant traits. *Other species' members cannot
> do this - *none* of them.
>
> For these reasons, "speciesism" fails as a criticism of the human use of
> animals.


If you think that moral agency is the crucial morally relevant factor,
then extend the same amount of consideration to all moral patients,
human or nonhuman. That's not speciesism. If you are treating some
moral patients worse than others based on their species then that is
speciesism.
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On 4/11/2012 10:44 AM, Rupert wrote:
> On Apr 11, 7:15 pm, wrote:
>> The very word itself, if we can hold our noses and call it a word, is
>> disgusting. Most spell-checkers reject it as a properly spelled English
>> word. It's a revolting neologism, coined by sophists.
>>
>> One of the most obvious defects in the "ar" criticism of so-called
>> "speciesism" is that it rather than say what is substantially wrong
>> with, "ar" passivists instead commit a logical fallacy, what might be
>> called the Guilt by Association or "Bad Company" fallacy. At the very
>> outset of any "ar" condemnation of "speciesism", there is an immediate
>> attempt to link it with racism and sexism, as if that's all that's
>> needed to show that "speciesism" not only is morally wrong but deeply
>> evil. In fact, the very word itself, with its "ism" suffix, is
>> deliberately - I would say cynically - intended to suggest this linkage.
>> There is no escaping the fact that this is a fallacy. If someone is
>> going to say that "speciesism" is wrong, he's going to have to say why
>> it is wrong in its substance.
>>
>> The comparison, however, is wrong in *its* substance. Not only is it a
>> logical fallacy to condemn "speciesism" simply by comparing it to racism
>> and sexism, but the comparison is false; it doesn't stand up to
>> scrutiny. First of all, putting aside any concern about "marginal
>> cases", there *is* a general morally significant difference between
>> humans and all other species, a difference that is wholly
>> species-dependent. Humans are moral agents; no other animal species
>> contains any moral agents. That is a morally significant difference -
>> so much so, that "ar" passivists say humans are *obliged* to alter their
>> view of animals as a result of it. In other words, "ar" passivists are
>> themselves "speciesist" in condemning "speciesism". The failure of race
>> to be a morally significant separator is too obvious to require much
>> comment. Whatever moral attribute people might want to use as a
>> criterion for discrimination, race does not logically include or exclude
>> an individual. If admission to prestigious universities is to be
>> granted based on high grades and high standardized test scores, then
>> there is no valid reason to exclude someone of any given race if he has
>> sufficiently high scores. We don't need to invoke "marginal cases" to
>> see what's wrong with using race or sex as a discriminating criterion:
>> some, or perhaps even many, members of historically disadvantaged human
>> groups meet the objective criteria for inclusion.
>>
>> The second way in which the comparison fails is that racial minorities
>> and women are able to advance their own claims that they possess the
>> traits that are supposed to be the criteria for inclusion. In fact, the
>> very act of making their own claim is part of the demonstration that
>> they *do* possess those relevant traits. Other species' members cannot
>> do this - *none* of them.
>>
>> For these reasons, "speciesism" fails as a criticism of the human use of
>> animals.

>
> If you think that moral agency is the crucial morally relevant factor,
> then extend the same amount of consideration to all moral patients,
> human or nonhuman.


You've given no valid reason why we should.


> That's not speciesism.


It's incoherent, is what it is.

Other species don't give any consideration to the interests of
individual members of different species. Saying that we *must*, due to
some intrinsic feature of our species, is "speciesist" (always put
quotes around "speciesism" and "speciesist" to indicate they're bullshit
made-up pseudo-words.)


> If you are treating some
> moral patients worse than others based on their species then that is
> speciesism.


Call it whatever wretched word you want; just don't say it's unethical,
because it isn't. Your claim about the <scoff> "default" position in
ethics is bullshit - rank stinking bullshit.
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On 4/12/2012 5:43 AM, Zerkon wrote:
> In article<qdydnaX0Os30yRvSnZ2dnUVZ5h2dnZ2d@giganews. com>,
> says...
>> Other species don't give any consideration to the interests of
>> individual members of different species.
>>

>
> Not correct. Ants herd, 'milk' and protect aphids. It's a great
> assumption either way if this is defined as some aspect of "giving
> consideration" however the associated behaviors humans regard as such
> are still proved fact so a denial that a sense of consideration is
> present can not be arrived at logically.


That's not the kind of consideration being prescribe by "ar" passivists.
They advocate that humans cause no harm to animals, or allow no harm
to happen, that they would not cause or allow to happen to a human. We
don't morally allow painful medical experimentation and testing to be
done on humans, so they say we shouldn't do it with animal subjects
either. No animals give that kind of consideration.

> Symbiotic relationships permeate many if not all forms of life. For
> instance, no one can claim certainty that one of the hundreds of species
> of micro-organisms living inside each human that enable humans to live
> are not "giving consideration to the interests" of their host.


That's not moral consideration.


> Do you have a dog?


Yes. I do give moral consideration to her interests, but not as much as
I give to the interests of my son. The "ar" passivists say I should
give the dog's interests equal consideration to those of my son, and no
more consideration to my son's than to any other person's or other
animals. But it doesn't work that way. If I arrive to pick my son up
from school and find the school is on fire and my son and another child
are in the classroom, and I have an opportunity to rescue one child
only, then I'm afraid little Billy's parents are going to be grieving
while I tuck my son safely in his bed that evening. That's just how it is.


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On Apr 12, 6:04*am, George Plimpton > wrote:
> On 4/11/2012 10:44 AM, Rupert wrote:
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> > On Apr 11, 7:15 pm, wrote:
> >> The very word itself, if we can hold our noses and call it a word, is
> >> disgusting. *Most spell-checkers reject it as a properly spelled English
> >> word. *It's a revolting neologism, coined by sophists.

>
> >> One of the most obvious defects in the "ar" criticism of so-called
> >> "speciesism" is that it rather than say what is substantially wrong
> >> with, "ar" passivists instead commit a logical fallacy, what might be
> >> called the Guilt by Association or "Bad Company" fallacy. *At the very
> >> outset of any "ar" condemnation of "speciesism", there is an immediate
> >> attempt to link it with racism and sexism, as if that's all that's
> >> needed to show that "speciesism" not only is morally wrong but deeply
> >> evil. *In fact, the very word itself, with its "ism" suffix, is
> >> deliberately - I would say cynically - intended to suggest this linkage.
> >> * *There is no escaping the fact that this is a fallacy. *If someone is
> >> going to say that "speciesism" is wrong, he's going to have to say why
> >> it is wrong in its substance.

>
> >> The comparison, however, is wrong in *its* substance. *Not only is it a
> >> logical fallacy to condemn "speciesism" simply by comparing it to racism
> >> and sexism, but the comparison is false; it doesn't stand up to
> >> scrutiny. *First of all, putting aside any concern about "marginal
> >> cases", there *is* a general morally significant difference between
> >> humans and all other species, a difference that is wholly
> >> species-dependent. *Humans are moral agents; no other animal species
> >> contains any moral agents. *That is a morally significant difference -
> >> so much so, that "ar" passivists say humans are *obliged* to alter their
> >> view of animals as a result of it. *In other words, "ar" passivists are
> >> themselves "speciesist" in condemning "speciesism". *The failure of race
> >> to be a morally significant separator is too obvious to require much
> >> comment. *Whatever moral attribute people might want to use as a
> >> criterion for discrimination, race does not logically include or exclude
> >> an individual. *If admission to prestigious universities is to be
> >> granted based on high grades and high standardized test scores, then
> >> there is no valid reason to exclude someone of any given race if he has
> >> sufficiently high scores. *We don't need to invoke "marginal cases" to
> >> see what's wrong with using race or sex as a discriminating criterion:
> >> some, or perhaps even many, members of historically disadvantaged human
> >> groups meet the objective criteria for inclusion.

>
> >> The second way in which the comparison fails is that racial minorities
> >> and women are able to advance their own claims that they possess the
> >> traits that are supposed to be the criteria for inclusion. *In fact, the
> >> very act of making their own claim is part of the demonstration that
> >> they *do* possess those relevant traits. *Other species' members cannot
> >> do this - *none* of them.

>
> >> For these reasons, "speciesism" fails as a criticism of the human use of
> >> animals.

>
> > If you think that moral agency is the crucial morally relevant factor,
> > then extend the same amount of consideration to all moral patients,
> > human or nonhuman.

>
> You've given no valid reason why we should.
>


You've given no valid reason not to, and it's your job to do that. If
you want to say that a certain factor is morally relevant, it's your
job to defend that position.

> > That's not speciesism.

>
> It's incoherent, is what it is.
>


Why?

> Other species don't give any consideration to the interests of
> individual members of different species.


Sometimes they do but that is irrelevant.

> Saying that we *must*, due to
> some intrinsic feature of our species, is "speciesist" (always put
> quotes around "speciesism" and "speciesist" to indicate they're bullshit
> made-up pseudo-words.)
>


No, it's not. It's not speciesist to say that moral agents have moral
obligations.

> > If you are treating some
> > moral patients worse than others based on their species then that is
> > speciesism.

>
> Call it whatever wretched word you want; just don't say it's unethical,
> because it isn't. *Your claim about the <scoff> "default" position in
> ethics is bullshit - rank stinking bullshit.


If you want to discriminate on the basis of species you have an
obligation to say why it's justified.
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On 4/12/2012 8:51 AM, Rupert wrote:
> On Apr 12, 6:04 am, George > wrote:
>> On 4/11/2012 10:44 AM, Rupert wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>> On Apr 11, 7:15 pm, wrote:
>>>> The very word itself, if we can hold our noses and call it a word, is
>>>> disgusting. Most spell-checkers reject it as a properly spelled English
>>>> word. It's a revolting neologism, coined by sophists.

>>
>>>> One of the most obvious defects in the "ar" criticism of so-called
>>>> "speciesism" is that it rather than say what is substantially wrong
>>>> with, "ar" passivists instead commit a logical fallacy, what might be
>>>> called the Guilt by Association or "Bad Company" fallacy. At the very
>>>> outset of any "ar" condemnation of "speciesism", there is an immediate
>>>> attempt to link it with racism and sexism, as if that's all that's
>>>> needed to show that "speciesism" not only is morally wrong but deeply
>>>> evil. In fact, the very word itself, with its "ism" suffix, is
>>>> deliberately - I would say cynically - intended to suggest this linkage.
>>>> There is no escaping the fact that this is a fallacy. If someone is
>>>> going to say that "speciesism" is wrong, he's going to have to say why
>>>> it is wrong in its substance.

>>
>>>> The comparison, however, is wrong in *its* substance. Not only is it a
>>>> logical fallacy to condemn "speciesism" simply by comparing it to racism
>>>> and sexism, but the comparison is false; it doesn't stand up to
>>>> scrutiny. First of all, putting aside any concern about "marginal
>>>> cases", there *is* a general morally significant difference between
>>>> humans and all other species, a difference that is wholly
>>>> species-dependent. Humans are moral agents; no other animal species
>>>> contains any moral agents. That is a morally significant difference -
>>>> so much so, that "ar" passivists say humans are *obliged* to alter their
>>>> view of animals as a result of it. In other words, "ar" passivists are
>>>> themselves "speciesist" in condemning "speciesism". The failure of race
>>>> to be a morally significant separator is too obvious to require much
>>>> comment. Whatever moral attribute people might want to use as a
>>>> criterion for discrimination, race does not logically include or exclude
>>>> an individual. If admission to prestigious universities is to be
>>>> granted based on high grades and high standardized test scores, then
>>>> there is no valid reason to exclude someone of any given race if he has
>>>> sufficiently high scores. We don't need to invoke "marginal cases" to
>>>> see what's wrong with using race or sex as a discriminating criterion:
>>>> some, or perhaps even many, members of historically disadvantaged human
>>>> groups meet the objective criteria for inclusion.

>>
>>>> The second way in which the comparison fails is that racial minorities
>>>> and women are able to advance their own claims that they possess the
>>>> traits that are supposed to be the criteria for inclusion. In fact, the
>>>> very act of making their own claim is part of the demonstration that
>>>> they *do* possess those relevant traits. Other species' members cannot
>>>> do this - *none* of them.

>>
>>>> For these reasons, "speciesism" fails as a criticism of the human use of
>>>> animals.

>>
>>> If you think that moral agency is the crucial morally relevant factor,
>>> then extend the same amount of consideration to all moral patients,
>>> human or nonhuman.

>>
>> You've given no valid reason why we should.
>>

>
> You've given no valid reason not to, and it's your job to do that.


No, it isn't. You're proposing a massive change - it's your burden to
prove that we ought to make it.

The burden is on you and the other radicals, and predictably - because
you're do-nothing passivists - you're shirking your burden.


>>> That's not speciesism.

>>
>> It's incoherent, is what it is.
>>

>
> Why?


Already explained.


>> Other species don't give any consideration to the interests of
>> individual members of different species.

>
> Sometimes they do but that is irrelevant.


They never give the sort of consideration you say humans must give, and
it's entirely relevant. It's what shows that you are being "speciesist"
yourself.


>> Saying that we *must*, due to
>> some intrinsic feature of our species, is "speciesist" (always put
>> quotes around "speciesism" and "speciesist" to indicate they're bullshit
>> made-up pseudo-words.)
>>

>
> No, it's not. It's not speciesist to say that moral agents have moral
> obligations.


It's "speciesist" - you forgot the quotes, you **** - to say that humans
are obliged to behave in a particular way based on a species-dependent
attribute.


>>> If you are treating some
>>> moral patients worse than others based on their species then that is
>>> speciesism.

>>
>> Call it whatever wretched word you want; just don't say it's unethical,
>> because it isn't. Your claim about the <scoff> "default" position in
>> ethics is bullshit - rank stinking bullshit.

>
> If you want to discriminate on the basis of species you have an
> obligation to say why it's justified.


Nope - you have an obligation to tell me what's wrong with it. You fail.
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On Apr 12, 6:42*pm, George Plimpton > wrote:
> On 4/12/2012 8:51 AM, Rupert wrote:
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> > On Apr 12, 6:04 am, George > *wrote:
> >> On 4/11/2012 10:44 AM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>> On Apr 11, 7:15 pm, wrote:
> >>>> The very word itself, if we can hold our noses and call it a word, is
> >>>> disgusting. *Most spell-checkers reject it as a properly spelled English
> >>>> word. *It's a revolting neologism, coined by sophists.

>
> >>>> One of the most obvious defects in the "ar" criticism of so-called
> >>>> "speciesism" is that it rather than say what is substantially wrong
> >>>> with, "ar" passivists instead commit a logical fallacy, what might be
> >>>> called the Guilt by Association or "Bad Company" fallacy. *At the very
> >>>> outset of any "ar" condemnation of "speciesism", there is an immediate
> >>>> attempt to link it with racism and sexism, as if that's all that's
> >>>> needed to show that "speciesism" not only is morally wrong but deeply
> >>>> evil. *In fact, the very word itself, with its "ism" suffix, is
> >>>> deliberately - I would say cynically - intended to suggest this linkage.
> >>>> * * There is no escaping the fact that this is a fallacy. *If someone is
> >>>> going to say that "speciesism" is wrong, he's going to have to say why
> >>>> it is wrong in its substance.

>
> >>>> The comparison, however, is wrong in *its* substance. *Not only is it a
> >>>> logical fallacy to condemn "speciesism" simply by comparing it to racism
> >>>> and sexism, but the comparison is false; it doesn't stand up to
> >>>> scrutiny. *First of all, putting aside any concern about "marginal
> >>>> cases", there *is* a general morally significant difference between
> >>>> humans and all other species, a difference that is wholly
> >>>> species-dependent. *Humans are moral agents; no other animal species
> >>>> contains any moral agents. *That is a morally significant difference -
> >>>> so much so, that "ar" passivists say humans are *obliged* to alter their
> >>>> view of animals as a result of it. *In other words, "ar" passivists are
> >>>> themselves "speciesist" in condemning "speciesism". *The failure of race
> >>>> to be a morally significant separator is too obvious to require much
> >>>> comment. *Whatever moral attribute people might want to use as a
> >>>> criterion for discrimination, race does not logically include or exclude
> >>>> an individual. *If admission to prestigious universities is to be
> >>>> granted based on high grades and high standardized test scores, then
> >>>> there is no valid reason to exclude someone of any given race if he has
> >>>> sufficiently high scores. *We don't need to invoke "marginal cases" to
> >>>> see what's wrong with using race or sex as a discriminating criterion:
> >>>> some, or perhaps even many, members of historically disadvantaged human
> >>>> groups meet the objective criteria for inclusion.

>
> >>>> The second way in which the comparison fails is that racial minorities
> >>>> and women are able to advance their own claims that they possess the
> >>>> traits that are supposed to be the criteria for inclusion. *In fact, the
> >>>> very act of making their own claim is part of the demonstration that
> >>>> they *do* possess those relevant traits. *Other species' members cannot
> >>>> do this - *none* of them.

>
> >>>> For these reasons, "speciesism" fails as a criticism of the human use of
> >>>> animals.

>
> >>> If you think that moral agency is the crucial morally relevant factor,
> >>> then extend the same amount of consideration to all moral patients,
> >>> human or nonhuman.

>
> >> You've given no valid reason why we should.

>
> > You've given no valid reason not to, and it's your job to do that.

>
> No, it isn't. *You're proposing a massive change - it's your burden to
> prove that we ought to make it.
>
> The burden is on you and the other radicals, and predictably - because
> you're do-nothing passivists - you're shirking your burden.
>


My proposal above simply amounts to taking your suggestion that moral
agency is the crucial factor seriously.

> >>> That's not speciesism.

>
> >> It's incoherent, is what it is.

>
> > Why?

>
> Already explained.
>


No.

> >> Other species don't give any consideration to the interests of
> >> individual members of different species.

>
> > Sometimes they do but that is irrelevant.

>
> They never give the sort of consideration you say humans must give, and
> it's entirely relevant. *It's what shows that you are being "speciesist"
> yourself.
>


Nonhuman animals can't give the same sort of consideration that humans
give, and it's not speciesist to refuse to ask them to do something
beyond their cognitive capacities.

> >> Saying that we *must*, due to
> >> some intrinsic feature of our species, is "speciesist" (always put
> >> quotes around "speciesism" and "speciesist" to indicate they're bullshit
> >> made-up pseudo-words.)

>
> > No, it's not. It's not speciesist to say that moral agents have moral
> > obligations.

>
> It's "speciesist" - you forgot the quotes, you **** - to say that humans
> are obliged to behave in a particular way based on a species-dependent
> attribute.
>


That's not what is being said.

> >>> If you are treating some
> >>> moral patients worse than others based on their species then that is
> >>> speciesism.

>
> >> Call it whatever wretched word you want; just don't say it's unethical,
> >> because it isn't. *Your claim about the <scoff> "default" position in
> >> ethics is bullshit - rank stinking bullshit.

>
> > If you want to discriminate on the basis of species you have an
> > obligation to say why it's justified.

>
> Nope - you have an obligation to tell me what's wrong with it. *You fail.


Wrong.
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On 4/12/2012 3:05 PM, Rupert wrote:
> On Apr 12, 6:42 pm, George > wrote:
>> On 4/12/2012 8:51 AM, Rupert wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>> On Apr 12, 6:04 am, George > wrote:
>>>> On 4/11/2012 10:44 AM, Rupert wrote:

>>
>>>>> On Apr 11, 7:15 pm, wrote:
>>>>>> The very word itself, if we can hold our noses and call it a word, is
>>>>>> disgusting. Most spell-checkers reject it as a properly spelled English
>>>>>> word. It's a revolting neologism, coined by sophists.

>>
>>>>>> One of the most obvious defects in the "ar" criticism of so-called
>>>>>> "speciesism" is that it rather than say what is substantially wrong
>>>>>> with, "ar" passivists instead commit a logical fallacy, what might be
>>>>>> called the Guilt by Association or "Bad Company" fallacy. At the very
>>>>>> outset of any "ar" condemnation of "speciesism", there is an immediate
>>>>>> attempt to link it with racism and sexism, as if that's all that's
>>>>>> needed to show that "speciesism" not only is morally wrong but deeply
>>>>>> evil. In fact, the very word itself, with its "ism" suffix, is
>>>>>> deliberately - I would say cynically - intended to suggest this linkage.
>>>>>> There is no escaping the fact that this is a fallacy. If someone is
>>>>>> going to say that "speciesism" is wrong, he's going to have to say why
>>>>>> it is wrong in its substance.

>>
>>>>>> The comparison, however, is wrong in *its* substance. Not only is it a
>>>>>> logical fallacy to condemn "speciesism" simply by comparing it to racism
>>>>>> and sexism, but the comparison is false; it doesn't stand up to
>>>>>> scrutiny. First of all, putting aside any concern about "marginal
>>>>>> cases", there *is* a general morally significant difference between
>>>>>> humans and all other species, a difference that is wholly
>>>>>> species-dependent. Humans are moral agents; no other animal species
>>>>>> contains any moral agents. That is a morally significant difference -
>>>>>> so much so, that "ar" passivists say humans are *obliged* to alter their
>>>>>> view of animals as a result of it. In other words, "ar" passivists are
>>>>>> themselves "speciesist" in condemning "speciesism". The failure of race
>>>>>> to be a morally significant separator is too obvious to require much
>>>>>> comment. Whatever moral attribute people might want to use as a
>>>>>> criterion for discrimination, race does not logically include or exclude
>>>>>> an individual. If admission to prestigious universities is to be
>>>>>> granted based on high grades and high standardized test scores, then
>>>>>> there is no valid reason to exclude someone of any given race if he has
>>>>>> sufficiently high scores. We don't need to invoke "marginal cases" to
>>>>>> see what's wrong with using race or sex as a discriminating criterion:
>>>>>> some, or perhaps even many, members of historically disadvantaged human
>>>>>> groups meet the objective criteria for inclusion.

>>
>>>>>> The second way in which the comparison fails is that racial minorities
>>>>>> and women are able to advance their own claims that they possess the
>>>>>> traits that are supposed to be the criteria for inclusion. In fact, the
>>>>>> very act of making their own claim is part of the demonstration that
>>>>>> they *do* possess those relevant traits. Other species' members cannot
>>>>>> do this - *none* of them.

>>
>>>>>> For these reasons, "speciesism" fails as a criticism of the human use of
>>>>>> animals.

>>
>>>>> If you think that moral agency is the crucial morally relevant factor,
>>>>> then extend the same amount of consideration to all moral patients,
>>>>> human or nonhuman.

>>
>>>> You've given no valid reason why we should.

>>
>>> You've given no valid reason not to, and it's your job to do that.

>>
>> No, it isn't. You're proposing a massive change - it's your burden to
>> prove that we ought to make it.
>>
>> The burden is on you and the other radicals, and predictably - because
>> you're do-nothing passivists - you're shirking your burden.
>>

>
> My proposal above simply amounts to taking your suggestion that moral
> agency is the crucial factor seriously.


As it is an attribute that only attaches to one species, it's "speciesism".


>>>>> That's not speciesism.

>>
>>>> It's incoherent, is what it is.

>>
>>> Why?

>>
>> Already explained.
>>

>
> No.


Yes - explained.


>>>> Other species don't give any consideration to the interests of
>>>> individual members of different species.

>>
>>> Sometimes they do but that is irrelevant.

>>
>> They never give the sort of consideration you say humans must give, and
>> it's entirely relevant. It's what shows that you are being "speciesist"
>> yourself.
>>

>
> Nonhuman animals can't give the same sort of consideration that humans
> give, and it's not speciesist to refuse to ask them to do something
> beyond their cognitive capacities.


It *is* "speciesist" - you keep forgetting the quotes, asshole - to
demand they do something based on a species-dependent trait.


>>>> Saying that we *must*, due to
>>>> some intrinsic feature of our species, is "speciesist" (always put
>>>> quotes around "speciesism" and "speciesist" to indicate they're bullshit
>>>> made-up pseudo-words.)

>>
>>> No, it's not. It's not speciesist to say that moral agents have moral
>>> obligations.

>>
>> It's "speciesist" - you forgot the quotes, you **** - to say that humans
>> are obliged to behave in a particular way based on a species-dependent
>> attribute.
>>

>
> That's not what is being said.


That *is* what is being said.


>>>>> If you are treating some
>>>>> moral patients worse than others based on their species then that is
>>>>> speciesism.

>>
>>>> Call it whatever wretched word you want; just don't say it's unethical,
>>>> because it isn't. Your claim about the<scoff> "default" position in
>>>> ethics is bullshit - rank stinking bullshit.

>>
>>> If you want to discriminate on the basis of species you have an
>>> obligation to say why it's justified.

>>
>> Nope - you have an obligation to tell me what's wrong with it. You fail.

>
> Wrong.


Nope - right, again.
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On Apr 16, 2:11*am, George Plimpton > wrote:
> On 4/12/2012 3:05 PM, Rupert wrote:
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> > On Apr 12, 6:42 pm, George > *wrote:
> >> On 4/12/2012 8:51 AM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>> On Apr 12, 6:04 am, George > * *wrote:
> >>>> On 4/11/2012 10:44 AM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>>>> On Apr 11, 7:15 pm, wrote:
> >>>>>> The very word itself, if we can hold our noses and call it a word, is
> >>>>>> disgusting. *Most spell-checkers reject it as a properly spelled English
> >>>>>> word. *It's a revolting neologism, coined by sophists.

>
> >>>>>> One of the most obvious defects in the "ar" criticism of so-called
> >>>>>> "speciesism" is that it rather than say what is substantially wrong
> >>>>>> with, "ar" passivists instead commit a logical fallacy, what might be
> >>>>>> called the Guilt by Association or "Bad Company" fallacy. *At the very
> >>>>>> outset of any "ar" condemnation of "speciesism", there is an immediate
> >>>>>> attempt to link it with racism and sexism, as if that's all that's
> >>>>>> needed to show that "speciesism" not only is morally wrong but deeply
> >>>>>> evil. *In fact, the very word itself, with its "ism" suffix, is
> >>>>>> deliberately - I would say cynically - intended to suggest this linkage.
> >>>>>> * * *There is no escaping the fact that this is a fallacy. *If someone is
> >>>>>> going to say that "speciesism" is wrong, he's going to have to say why
> >>>>>> it is wrong in its substance.

>
> >>>>>> The comparison, however, is wrong in *its* substance. *Not only is it a
> >>>>>> logical fallacy to condemn "speciesism" simply by comparing it to racism
> >>>>>> and sexism, but the comparison is false; it doesn't stand up to
> >>>>>> scrutiny. *First of all, putting aside any concern about "marginal
> >>>>>> cases", there *is* a general morally significant difference between
> >>>>>> humans and all other species, a difference that is wholly
> >>>>>> species-dependent. *Humans are moral agents; no other animal species
> >>>>>> contains any moral agents. *That is a morally significant difference -
> >>>>>> so much so, that "ar" passivists say humans are *obliged* to alter their
> >>>>>> view of animals as a result of it. *In other words, "ar" passivists are
> >>>>>> themselves "speciesist" in condemning "speciesism". *The failure of race
> >>>>>> to be a morally significant separator is too obvious to require much
> >>>>>> comment. *Whatever moral attribute people might want to use as a
> >>>>>> criterion for discrimination, race does not logically include or exclude
> >>>>>> an individual. *If admission to prestigious universities is to be
> >>>>>> granted based on high grades and high standardized test scores, then
> >>>>>> there is no valid reason to exclude someone of any given race if he has
> >>>>>> sufficiently high scores. *We don't need to invoke "marginal cases" to
> >>>>>> see what's wrong with using race or sex as a discriminating criterion:
> >>>>>> some, or perhaps even many, members of historically disadvantaged human
> >>>>>> groups meet the objective criteria for inclusion.

>
> >>>>>> The second way in which the comparison fails is that racial minorities
> >>>>>> and women are able to advance their own claims that they possess the
> >>>>>> traits that are supposed to be the criteria for inclusion. *In fact, the
> >>>>>> very act of making their own claim is part of the demonstration that
> >>>>>> they *do* possess those relevant traits. *Other species' members cannot
> >>>>>> do this - *none* of them.

>
> >>>>>> For these reasons, "speciesism" fails as a criticism of the human use of
> >>>>>> animals.

>
> >>>>> If you think that moral agency is the crucial morally relevant factor,
> >>>>> then extend the same amount of consideration to all moral patients,
> >>>>> human or nonhuman.

>
> >>>> You've given no valid reason why we should.

>
> >>> You've given no valid reason not to, and it's your job to do that.

>
> >> No, it isn't. *You're proposing a massive change - it's your burden to
> >> prove that we ought to make it.

>
> >> The burden is on you and the other radicals, and predictably - because
> >> you're do-nothing passivists - you're shirking your burden.

>
> > My proposal above simply amounts to taking your suggestion that moral
> > agency is the crucial factor seriously.

>
> As it is an attribute that only attaches to one species, it's "speciesism".
>


You don't know that it only attaches to one species because you don't
know whether or not there exist any extraterrestrial species that have
the attribute. Even just confining our attention to terrestrial
species, moral agency is a matter of degree and not exclusively human.
But even supposing for the sake of argument that moral agency were
exclusively human, it still wouldn't follow that using moral agency as
a grounds for determining whether or not you attribute moral
obligations to someone is a form of speciesism. And of course there is
also the point that every moral theory attributes moral obligations to
moral agents and only to moral agents.

> >>>>> That's not speciesism.

>
> >>>> It's incoherent, is what it is.

>
> >>> Why?

>
> >> Already explained.

>
> > No.

>
> Yes - explained.
>


I am not aware of your having offered any explanation.

> >>>> Other species don't give any consideration to the interests of
> >>>> individual members of different species.

>
> >>> Sometimes they do but that is irrelevant.

>
> >> They never give the sort of consideration you say humans must give, and
> >> it's entirely relevant. *It's what shows that you are being "speciesist"
> >> yourself.

>
> > Nonhuman animals can't give the same sort of consideration that humans
> > give, and it's not speciesist to refuse to ask them to do something
> > beyond their cognitive capacities.

>
> It *is* "speciesist" - you keep forgetting the quotes, asshole - to
> demand they do something based on a species-dependent trait.
>
> >>>> Saying that we *must*, due to
> >>>> some intrinsic feature of our species, is "speciesist" (always put
> >>>> quotes around "speciesism" and "speciesist" to indicate they're bullshit
> >>>> made-up pseudo-words.)

>
> >>> No, it's not. It's not speciesist to say that moral agents have moral
> >>> obligations.

>
> >> It's "speciesist" - you forgot the quotes, you **** - to say that humans
> >> are obliged to behave in a particular way based on a species-dependent
> >> attribute.

>
> > That's not what is being said.

>
> That *is* what is being said.
>


Obviously only moral agents can have moral obligations. Saying that is
not a form of speciesism. Even if it happened to be the case that
moral agency was exclusively human, which is actually not true, it
still wouldn't be speciesist to use moral agency as a criterion for
determining whether or not an individual has moral obligations.
Because the criterion being used is moral agency, not membership in a
particular species. If we encountered a chimp who had just as much
moral agency as a typical adult human, (and chimps actually do show
some degree of moral agency), then we would attribute to the chimp the
same moral obligations as a human. Similarly if we were to encounter
extraterrestrials who had as much moral agency as us.

You don't understand what speciesism is.

> >>>>> If you are treating some
> >>>>> moral patients worse than others based on their species then that is
> >>>>> speciesism.

>
> >>>> Call it whatever wretched word you want; just don't say it's unethical,
> >>>> because it isn't. *Your claim about the<scoff> *"default" position in
> >>>> ethics is bullshit - rank stinking bullshit.

>
> >>> If you want to discriminate on the basis of species you have an
> >>> obligation to say why it's justified.

>
> >> Nope - you have an obligation to tell me what's wrong with it. *You fail.

>
> > Wrong.

>
> Nope - right, again.




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On 4/15/2012 6:30 PM, Rupert wrote:
> On Apr 16, 2:11 am, George > wrote:
>> On 4/12/2012 3:05 PM, Rupert wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>> On Apr 12, 6:42 pm, George > wrote:
>>>> On 4/12/2012 8:51 AM, Rupert wrote:

>>
>>>>> On Apr 12, 6:04 am, George > wrote:
>>>>>> On 4/11/2012 10:44 AM, Rupert wrote:

>>
>>>>>>> On Apr 11, 7:15 pm, wrote:
>>>>>>>> The very word itself, if we can hold our noses and call it a word, is
>>>>>>>> disgusting. Most spell-checkers reject it as a properly spelled English
>>>>>>>> word. It's a revolting neologism, coined by sophists.

>>
>>>>>>>> One of the most obvious defects in the "ar" criticism of so-called
>>>>>>>> "speciesism" is that it rather than say what is substantially wrong
>>>>>>>> with, "ar" passivists instead commit a logical fallacy, what might be
>>>>>>>> called the Guilt by Association or "Bad Company" fallacy. At the very
>>>>>>>> outset of any "ar" condemnation of "speciesism", there is an immediate
>>>>>>>> attempt to link it with racism and sexism, as if that's all that's
>>>>>>>> needed to show that "speciesism" not only is morally wrong but deeply
>>>>>>>> evil. In fact, the very word itself, with its "ism" suffix, is
>>>>>>>> deliberately - I would say cynically - intended to suggest this linkage.
>>>>>>>> There is no escaping the fact that this is a fallacy. If someone is
>>>>>>>> going to say that "speciesism" is wrong, he's going to have to say why
>>>>>>>> it is wrong in its substance.

>>
>>>>>>>> The comparison, however, is wrong in *its* substance. Not only is it a
>>>>>>>> logical fallacy to condemn "speciesism" simply by comparing it to racism
>>>>>>>> and sexism, but the comparison is false; it doesn't stand up to
>>>>>>>> scrutiny. First of all, putting aside any concern about "marginal
>>>>>>>> cases", there *is* a general morally significant difference between
>>>>>>>> humans and all other species, a difference that is wholly
>>>>>>>> species-dependent. Humans are moral agents; no other animal species
>>>>>>>> contains any moral agents. That is a morally significant difference -
>>>>>>>> so much so, that "ar" passivists say humans are *obliged* to alter their
>>>>>>>> view of animals as a result of it. In other words, "ar" passivists are
>>>>>>>> themselves "speciesist" in condemning "speciesism". The failure of race
>>>>>>>> to be a morally significant separator is too obvious to require much
>>>>>>>> comment. Whatever moral attribute people might want to use as a
>>>>>>>> criterion for discrimination, race does not logically include or exclude
>>>>>>>> an individual. If admission to prestigious universities is to be
>>>>>>>> granted based on high grades and high standardized test scores, then
>>>>>>>> there is no valid reason to exclude someone of any given race if he has
>>>>>>>> sufficiently high scores. We don't need to invoke "marginal cases" to
>>>>>>>> see what's wrong with using race or sex as a discriminating criterion:
>>>>>>>> some, or perhaps even many, members of historically disadvantaged human
>>>>>>>> groups meet the objective criteria for inclusion.

>>
>>>>>>>> The second way in which the comparison fails is that racial minorities
>>>>>>>> and women are able to advance their own claims that they possess the
>>>>>>>> traits that are supposed to be the criteria for inclusion. In fact, the
>>>>>>>> very act of making their own claim is part of the demonstration that
>>>>>>>> they *do* possess those relevant traits. Other species' members cannot
>>>>>>>> do this - *none* of them.

>>
>>>>>>>> For these reasons, "speciesism" fails as a criticism of the human use of
>>>>>>>> animals.

>>
>>>>>>> If you think that moral agency is the crucial morally relevant factor,
>>>>>>> then extend the same amount of consideration to all moral patients,
>>>>>>> human or nonhuman.

>>
>>>>>> You've given no valid reason why we should.

>>
>>>>> You've given no valid reason not to, and it's your job to do that.

>>
>>>> No, it isn't. You're proposing a massive change - it's your burden to
>>>> prove that we ought to make it.

>>
>>>> The burden is on you and the other radicals, and predictably - because
>>>> you're do-nothing passivists - you're shirking your burden.

>>
>>> My proposal above simply amounts to taking your suggestion that moral
>>> agency is the crucial factor seriously.

>>
>> As it is an attribute that only attaches to one species, it's "speciesism".
>>

>
> You don't know that it only attaches to one species


We all know that it does.


>>>>>>> That's not speciesism.

>>
>>>>>> It's incoherent, is what it is.

>>
>>>>> Why?

>>
>>>> Already explained.

>>
>>> No.

>>
>> Yes - explained.
>>

>
> I am not aware


Liar.


>>>>>> Other species don't give any consideration to the interests of
>>>>>> individual members of different species.

>>
>>>>> Sometimes they do but that is irrelevant.

>>
>>>> They never give the sort of consideration you say humans must give, and
>>>> it's entirely relevant. It's what shows that you are being "speciesist"
>>>> yourself.

>>
>>> Nonhuman animals can't give the same sort of consideration that humans
>>> give, and it's not speciesist to refuse to ask them to do something
>>> beyond their cognitive capacities.

>>
>> It *is* "speciesist" - you keep forgetting the quotes, asshole - to
>> demand they do something based on a species-dependent trait.
>>
>>>>>> Saying that we *must*, due to
>>>>>> some intrinsic feature of our species, is "speciesist" (always put
>>>>>> quotes around "speciesism" and "speciesist" to indicate they're bullshit
>>>>>> made-up pseudo-words.)

>>
>>>>> No, it's not. It's not speciesist to say that moral agents have moral
>>>>> obligations.

>>
>>>> It's "speciesist" - you forgot the quotes, you **** - to say that humans
>>>> are obliged to behave in a particular way based on a species-dependent
>>>> attribute.

>>
>>> That's not what is being said.

>>
>> That *is* what is being said.
>>

>
> Obviously only moral agents can have moral obligations.


Not what you're saying.


> You don't understand what speciesism is.


I do.


>
>>>>>>> If you are treating some
>>>>>>> moral patients worse than others based on their species then that is
>>>>>>> speciesism.

>>
>>>>>> Call it whatever wretched word you want; just don't say it's unethical,
>>>>>> because it isn't. Your claim about the<scoff> "default" position in
>>>>>> ethics is bullshit - rank stinking bullshit.

>>
>>>>> If you want to discriminate on the basis of species you have an
>>>>> obligation to say why it's justified.

>>
>>>> Nope - you have an obligation to tell me what's wrong with it. You fail.

>>
>>> Wrong.

>>
>> Nope - right, again.

>


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On Apr 16, 3:32*am, George Plimpton > wrote:
> On 4/15/2012 6:30 PM, Rupert wrote:
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> > On Apr 16, 2:11 am, George > *wrote:
> >> On 4/12/2012 3:05 PM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>> On Apr 12, 6:42 pm, George > * *wrote:
> >>>> On 4/12/2012 8:51 AM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>>>> On Apr 12, 6:04 am, George > * * *wrote:
> >>>>>> On 4/11/2012 10:44 AM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>>>>>> On Apr 11, 7:15 pm, wrote:
> >>>>>>>> The very word itself, if we can hold our noses and call it a word, is
> >>>>>>>> disgusting. *Most spell-checkers reject it as a properly spelled English
> >>>>>>>> word. *It's a revolting neologism, coined by sophists.

>
> >>>>>>>> One of the most obvious defects in the "ar" criticism of so-called
> >>>>>>>> "speciesism" is that it rather than say what is substantially wrong
> >>>>>>>> with, "ar" passivists instead commit a logical fallacy, what might be
> >>>>>>>> called the Guilt by Association or "Bad Company" fallacy. *At the very
> >>>>>>>> outset of any "ar" condemnation of "speciesism", there is an immediate
> >>>>>>>> attempt to link it with racism and sexism, as if that's all that's
> >>>>>>>> needed to show that "speciesism" not only is morally wrong but deeply
> >>>>>>>> evil. *In fact, the very word itself, with its "ism" suffix, is
> >>>>>>>> deliberately - I would say cynically - intended to suggest this linkage.
> >>>>>>>> * * * There is no escaping the fact that this is a fallacy.. *If someone is
> >>>>>>>> going to say that "speciesism" is wrong, he's going to have to say why
> >>>>>>>> it is wrong in its substance.

>
> >>>>>>>> The comparison, however, is wrong in *its* substance. *Not only is it a
> >>>>>>>> logical fallacy to condemn "speciesism" simply by comparing it to racism
> >>>>>>>> and sexism, but the comparison is false; it doesn't stand up to
> >>>>>>>> scrutiny. *First of all, putting aside any concern about "marginal
> >>>>>>>> cases", there *is* a general morally significant difference between
> >>>>>>>> humans and all other species, a difference that is wholly
> >>>>>>>> species-dependent. *Humans are moral agents; no other animal species
> >>>>>>>> contains any moral agents. *That is a morally significant difference -
> >>>>>>>> so much so, that "ar" passivists say humans are *obliged* to alter their
> >>>>>>>> view of animals as a result of it. *In other words, "ar" passivists are
> >>>>>>>> themselves "speciesist" in condemning "speciesism". *The failure of race
> >>>>>>>> to be a morally significant separator is too obvious to require much
> >>>>>>>> comment. *Whatever moral attribute people might want to use as a
> >>>>>>>> criterion for discrimination, race does not logically include or exclude
> >>>>>>>> an individual. *If admission to prestigious universities is to be
> >>>>>>>> granted based on high grades and high standardized test scores, then
> >>>>>>>> there is no valid reason to exclude someone of any given race if he has
> >>>>>>>> sufficiently high scores. *We don't need to invoke "marginal cases" to
> >>>>>>>> see what's wrong with using race or sex as a discriminating criterion:
> >>>>>>>> some, or perhaps even many, members of historically disadvantaged human
> >>>>>>>> groups meet the objective criteria for inclusion.

>
> >>>>>>>> The second way in which the comparison fails is that racial minorities
> >>>>>>>> and women are able to advance their own claims that they possess the
> >>>>>>>> traits that are supposed to be the criteria for inclusion. *In fact, the
> >>>>>>>> very act of making their own claim is part of the demonstration that
> >>>>>>>> they *do* possess those relevant traits. *Other species' members cannot
> >>>>>>>> do this - *none* of them.

>
> >>>>>>>> For these reasons, "speciesism" fails as a criticism of the human use of
> >>>>>>>> animals.

>
> >>>>>>> If you think that moral agency is the crucial morally relevant factor,
> >>>>>>> then extend the same amount of consideration to all moral patients,
> >>>>>>> human or nonhuman.

>
> >>>>>> You've given no valid reason why we should.

>
> >>>>> You've given no valid reason not to, and it's your job to do that.

>
> >>>> No, it isn't. *You're proposing a massive change - it's your burden to
> >>>> prove that we ought to make it.

>
> >>>> The burden is on you and the other radicals, and predictably - because
> >>>> you're do-nothing passivists - you're shirking your burden.

>
> >>> My proposal above simply amounts to taking your suggestion that moral
> >>> agency is the crucial factor seriously.

>
> >> As it is an attribute that only attaches to one species, it's "speciesism".

>
> > You don't know that it only attaches to one species

>
> We all know that it does.
>


No. Moral agency occurs in nonhuman primates to some extent, just as
moral agency occurs in three-year-old children to some extent.
Nonhuman primates in the wild indicate that they have a sense of
fairness which includes rules such as "One good turn deserves another"
and "An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth". They will punish others
when they feel that they have been wronged. For example on one
occasion when chimp A helped chimp B fight off an attacker, but chimp
A refused to offer similar help to chimp B when he was under attack,
chimp B felt aggrieved and attacked chimp A in punishment after the
fight was over.

But, in any case, it's irrelevant. Even if moral agency were
exclusively human, then attributing moral obligations only to moral
agents would still not be speciesist, as you claim.

> >>>>>>> That's not speciesism.

>
> >>>>>> It's incoherent, is what it is.

>
> >>>>> Why?

>
> >>>> Already explained.

>
> >>> No.

>
> >> Yes - explained.

>
> > I am not aware

>
> Liar.
>


You have no rational grounds for thinking that I am a liar. You
shouldn't call people liars when you have no rational grounds for
thinking that they are lying, it's unethical.

>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> >>>>>> Other species don't give any consideration to the interests of
> >>>>>> individual members of different species.

>
> >>>>> Sometimes they do but that is irrelevant.

>
> >>>> They never give the sort of consideration you say humans must give, and
> >>>> it's entirely relevant. *It's what shows that you are being "speciesist"
> >>>> yourself.

>
> >>> Nonhuman animals can't give the same sort of consideration that humans
> >>> give, and it's not speciesist to refuse to ask them to do something
> >>> beyond their cognitive capacities.

>
> >> It *is* "speciesist" - you keep forgetting the quotes, asshole - to
> >> demand they do something based on a species-dependent trait.

>
> >>>>>> Saying that we *must*, due to
> >>>>>> some intrinsic feature of our species, is "speciesist" (always put
> >>>>>> quotes around "speciesism" and "speciesist" to indicate they're bullshit
> >>>>>> made-up pseudo-words.)

>
> >>>>> No, it's not. It's not speciesist to say that moral agents have moral
> >>>>> obligations.

>
> >>>> It's "speciesist" - you forgot the quotes, you **** - to say that humans
> >>>> are obliged to behave in a particular way based on a species-dependent
> >>>> attribute.

>
> >>> That's not what is being said.

>
> >> That *is* what is being said.

>
> > Obviously only moral agents can have moral obligations.

>
> Not what you're saying.
>


Yes. It is precisely what I am saying.

> > You don't understand what speciesism is.

>
> I do.
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> >>>>>>> If you are treating some
> >>>>>>> moral patients worse than others based on their species then that is
> >>>>>>> speciesism.

>
> >>>>>> Call it whatever wretched word you want; just don't say it's unethical,
> >>>>>> because it isn't. *Your claim about the<scoff> * *"default" position in
> >>>>>> ethics is bullshit - rank stinking bullshit.

>
> >>>>> If you want to discriminate on the basis of species you have an
> >>>>> obligation to say why it's justified.

>
> >>>> Nope - you have an obligation to tell me what's wrong with it. *You fail.

>
> >>> Wrong.

>
> >> Nope - right, again.


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On 4/15/2012 6:41 PM, Rupert wrote:
> On Apr 16, 3:32 am, George > wrote:
>> On 4/15/2012 6:30 PM, Rupert wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>> On Apr 16, 2:11 am, George > wrote:
>>>> On 4/12/2012 3:05 PM, Rupert wrote:

>>
>>>>> On Apr 12, 6:42 pm, George > wrote:
>>>>>> On 4/12/2012 8:51 AM, Rupert wrote:

>>
>>>>>>> On Apr 12, 6:04 am, George > wrote:
>>>>>>>> On 4/11/2012 10:44 AM, Rupert wrote:

>>
>>>>>>>>> On Apr 11, 7:15 pm, wrote:
>>>>>>>>>> The very word itself, if we can hold our noses and call it a word, is
>>>>>>>>>> disgusting. Most spell-checkers reject it as a properly spelled English
>>>>>>>>>> word. It's a revolting neologism, coined by sophists.

>>
>>>>>>>>>> One of the most obvious defects in the "ar" criticism of so-called
>>>>>>>>>> "speciesism" is that it rather than say what is substantially wrong
>>>>>>>>>> with, "ar" passivists instead commit a logical fallacy, what might be
>>>>>>>>>> called the Guilt by Association or "Bad Company" fallacy. At the very
>>>>>>>>>> outset of any "ar" condemnation of "speciesism", there is an immediate
>>>>>>>>>> attempt to link it with racism and sexism, as if that's all that's
>>>>>>>>>> needed to show that "speciesism" not only is morally wrong but deeply
>>>>>>>>>> evil. In fact, the very word itself, with its "ism" suffix, is
>>>>>>>>>> deliberately - I would say cynically - intended to suggest this linkage.
>>>>>>>>>> There is no escaping the fact that this is a fallacy. If someone is
>>>>>>>>>> going to say that "speciesism" is wrong, he's going to have to say why
>>>>>>>>>> it is wrong in its substance.

>>
>>>>>>>>>> The comparison, however, is wrong in *its* substance. Not only is it a
>>>>>>>>>> logical fallacy to condemn "speciesism" simply by comparing it to racism
>>>>>>>>>> and sexism, but the comparison is false; it doesn't stand up to
>>>>>>>>>> scrutiny. First of all, putting aside any concern about "marginal
>>>>>>>>>> cases", there *is* a general morally significant difference between
>>>>>>>>>> humans and all other species, a difference that is wholly
>>>>>>>>>> species-dependent. Humans are moral agents; no other animal species
>>>>>>>>>> contains any moral agents. That is a morally significant difference -
>>>>>>>>>> so much so, that "ar" passivists say humans are *obliged* to alter their
>>>>>>>>>> view of animals as a result of it. In other words, "ar" passivists are
>>>>>>>>>> themselves "speciesist" in condemning "speciesism". The failure of race
>>>>>>>>>> to be a morally significant separator is too obvious to require much
>>>>>>>>>> comment. Whatever moral attribute people might want to use as a
>>>>>>>>>> criterion for discrimination, race does not logically include or exclude
>>>>>>>>>> an individual. If admission to prestigious universities is to be
>>>>>>>>>> granted based on high grades and high standardized test scores, then
>>>>>>>>>> there is no valid reason to exclude someone of any given race if he has
>>>>>>>>>> sufficiently high scores. We don't need to invoke "marginal cases" to
>>>>>>>>>> see what's wrong with using race or sex as a discriminating criterion:
>>>>>>>>>> some, or perhaps even many, members of historically disadvantaged human
>>>>>>>>>> groups meet the objective criteria for inclusion.

>>
>>>>>>>>>> The second way in which the comparison fails is that racial minorities
>>>>>>>>>> and women are able to advance their own claims that they possess the
>>>>>>>>>> traits that are supposed to be the criteria for inclusion. In fact, the
>>>>>>>>>> very act of making their own claim is part of the demonstration that
>>>>>>>>>> they *do* possess those relevant traits. Other species' members cannot
>>>>>>>>>> do this - *none* of them.

>>
>>>>>>>>>> For these reasons, "speciesism" fails as a criticism of the human use of
>>>>>>>>>> animals.

>>
>>>>>>>>> If you think that moral agency is the crucial morally relevant factor,
>>>>>>>>> then extend the same amount of consideration to all moral patients,
>>>>>>>>> human or nonhuman.

>>
>>>>>>>> You've given no valid reason why we should.

>>
>>>>>>> You've given no valid reason not to, and it's your job to do that.

>>
>>>>>> No, it isn't. You're proposing a massive change - it's your burden to
>>>>>> prove that we ought to make it.

>>
>>>>>> The burden is on you and the other radicals, and predictably - because
>>>>>> you're do-nothing passivists - you're shirking your burden.

>>
>>>>> My proposal above simply amounts to taking your suggestion that moral
>>>>> agency is the crucial factor seriously.

>>
>>>> As it is an attribute that only attaches to one species, it's "speciesism".

>>
>>> You don't know that it only attaches to one species

>>
>> We all know that it does.
>>

>
> No.


Yes.


>>>>>>>>> That's not speciesism.

>>
>>>>>>>> It's incoherent, is what it is.

>>
>>>>>>> Why?

>>
>>>>>> Already explained.

>>
>>>>> No.

>>
>>>> Yes - explained.

>>
>>> I am not aware

>>
>> Liar.
>>

>
> You have no rational grounds for thinking that I am a liar.


Of course I have.


>>>>>>>> Other species don't give any consideration to the interests of
>>>>>>>> individual members of different species.

>>
>>>>>>> Sometimes they do but that is irrelevant.

>>
>>>>>> They never give the sort of consideration you say humans must give, and
>>>>>> it's entirely relevant. It's what shows that you are being "speciesist"
>>>>>> yourself.

>>
>>>>> Nonhuman animals can't give the same sort of consideration that humans
>>>>> give, and it's not speciesist to refuse to ask them to do something
>>>>> beyond their cognitive capacities.

>>
>>>> It *is* "speciesist" - you keep forgetting the quotes, asshole - to
>>>> demand they do something based on a species-dependent trait.

>>
>>>>>>>> Saying that we *must*, due to
>>>>>>>> some intrinsic feature of our species, is "speciesist" (always put
>>>>>>>> quotes around "speciesism" and "speciesist" to indicate they're bullshit
>>>>>>>> made-up pseudo-words.)

>>
>>>>>>> No, it's not. It's not speciesist to say that moral agents have moral
>>>>>>> obligations.

>>
>>>>>> It's "speciesist" - you forgot the quotes, you **** - to say that humans
>>>>>> are obliged to behave in a particular way based on a species-dependent
>>>>>> attribute.

>>
>>>>> That's not what is being said.

>>
>>>> That *is* what is being said.

>>
>>> Obviously only moral agents can have moral obligations.

>>
>> Not what you're saying.
>>

>
> Yes. It is precisely what I am saying.


No, it is not. You're saying humans, based on a species-dependent
trait, are morally required to give equal consideration to animals'
interests, when no other species' members do that or are required to do
it. You're engaging in "speciesism".

You're ****ed.
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On Apr 16, 5:02*am, George Plimpton > wrote:
> On 4/15/2012 6:41 PM, Rupert wrote:
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> > On Apr 16, 3:32 am, George > *wrote:
> >> On 4/15/2012 6:30 PM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>> On Apr 16, 2:11 am, George > * *wrote:
> >>>> On 4/12/2012 3:05 PM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>>>> On Apr 12, 6:42 pm, George > * * *wrote:
> >>>>>> On 4/12/2012 8:51 AM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>>>>>> On Apr 12, 6:04 am, George > * * * *wrote:
> >>>>>>>> On 4/11/2012 10:44 AM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>>>>>>>> On Apr 11, 7:15 pm, wrote:
> >>>>>>>>>> The very word itself, if we can hold our noses and call it a word, is
> >>>>>>>>>> disgusting. *Most spell-checkers reject it as a properly spelled English
> >>>>>>>>>> word. *It's a revolting neologism, coined by sophists.

>
> >>>>>>>>>> One of the most obvious defects in the "ar" criticism of so-called
> >>>>>>>>>> "speciesism" is that it rather than say what is substantially wrong
> >>>>>>>>>> with, "ar" passivists instead commit a logical fallacy, what might be
> >>>>>>>>>> called the Guilt by Association or "Bad Company" fallacy. *At the very
> >>>>>>>>>> outset of any "ar" condemnation of "speciesism", there is an immediate
> >>>>>>>>>> attempt to link it with racism and sexism, as if that's all that's
> >>>>>>>>>> needed to show that "speciesism" not only is morally wrong but deeply
> >>>>>>>>>> evil. *In fact, the very word itself, with its "ism" suffix, is
> >>>>>>>>>> deliberately - I would say cynically - intended to suggest this linkage.
> >>>>>>>>>> * * * *There is no escaping the fact that this is a fallacy. *If someone is
> >>>>>>>>>> going to say that "speciesism" is wrong, he's going to have to say why
> >>>>>>>>>> it is wrong in its substance.

>
> >>>>>>>>>> The comparison, however, is wrong in *its* substance. *Not only is it a
> >>>>>>>>>> logical fallacy to condemn "speciesism" simply by comparing it to racism
> >>>>>>>>>> and sexism, but the comparison is false; it doesn't stand up to
> >>>>>>>>>> scrutiny. *First of all, putting aside any concern about "marginal
> >>>>>>>>>> cases", there *is* a general morally significant difference between
> >>>>>>>>>> humans and all other species, a difference that is wholly
> >>>>>>>>>> species-dependent. *Humans are moral agents; no other animal species
> >>>>>>>>>> contains any moral agents. *That is a morally significant difference -
> >>>>>>>>>> so much so, that "ar" passivists say humans are *obliged* to alter their
> >>>>>>>>>> view of animals as a result of it. *In other words, "ar" passivists are
> >>>>>>>>>> themselves "speciesist" in condemning "speciesism". *The failure of race
> >>>>>>>>>> to be a morally significant separator is too obvious to require much
> >>>>>>>>>> comment. *Whatever moral attribute people might want to use as a
> >>>>>>>>>> criterion for discrimination, race does not logically include or exclude
> >>>>>>>>>> an individual. *If admission to prestigious universities is to be
> >>>>>>>>>> granted based on high grades and high standardized test scores, then
> >>>>>>>>>> there is no valid reason to exclude someone of any given race if he has
> >>>>>>>>>> sufficiently high scores. *We don't need to invoke "marginal cases" to
> >>>>>>>>>> see what's wrong with using race or sex as a discriminating criterion:
> >>>>>>>>>> some, or perhaps even many, members of historically disadvantaged human
> >>>>>>>>>> groups meet the objective criteria for inclusion.

>
> >>>>>>>>>> The second way in which the comparison fails is that racial minorities
> >>>>>>>>>> and women are able to advance their own claims that they possess the
> >>>>>>>>>> traits that are supposed to be the criteria for inclusion. *In fact, the
> >>>>>>>>>> very act of making their own claim is part of the demonstration that
> >>>>>>>>>> they *do* possess those relevant traits. *Other species' members cannot
> >>>>>>>>>> do this - *none* of them.

>
> >>>>>>>>>> For these reasons, "speciesism" fails as a criticism of the human use of
> >>>>>>>>>> animals.

>
> >>>>>>>>> If you think that moral agency is the crucial morally relevant factor,
> >>>>>>>>> then extend the same amount of consideration to all moral patients,
> >>>>>>>>> human or nonhuman.

>
> >>>>>>>> You've given no valid reason why we should.

>
> >>>>>>> You've given no valid reason not to, and it's your job to do that..

>
> >>>>>> No, it isn't. *You're proposing a massive change - it's your burden to
> >>>>>> prove that we ought to make it.

>
> >>>>>> The burden is on you and the other radicals, and predictably - because
> >>>>>> you're do-nothing passivists - you're shirking your burden.

>
> >>>>> My proposal above simply amounts to taking your suggestion that moral
> >>>>> agency is the crucial factor seriously.

>
> >>>> As it is an attribute that only attaches to one species, it's "speciesism".

>
> >>> You don't know that it only attaches to one species

>
> >> We all know that it does.

>
> > No.

>
> Yes.
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> >>>>>>>>> That's not speciesism.

>
> >>>>>>>> It's incoherent, is what it is.

>
> >>>>>>> Why?

>
> >>>>>> Already explained.

>
> >>>>> No.

>
> >>>> Yes - explained.

>
> >>> I am not aware

>
> >> Liar.

>
> > You have no rational grounds for thinking that I am a liar.

>
> Of course I have.
>


No, you don't. Actually, you have quite rational grounds for thinking
that I am telling the truth. Because I am saying that I am not aware
of you having explained why it is incoherent to extend the same amount
of moral consideration to all moral patients, human or nonhuman. And
you have in fact never made any attempt to explain this, so it is
quite reasonable to suppose that I would not be aware of your having
done so. So it is quite rational for you to believe that I am telling
the truth, and not lying.

>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> >>>>>>>> Other species don't give any consideration to the interests of
> >>>>>>>> individual members of different species.

>
> >>>>>>> Sometimes they do but that is irrelevant.

>
> >>>>>> They never give the sort of consideration you say humans must give, and
> >>>>>> it's entirely relevant. *It's what shows that you are being "speciesist"
> >>>>>> yourself.

>
> >>>>> Nonhuman animals can't give the same sort of consideration that humans
> >>>>> give, and it's not speciesist to refuse to ask them to do something
> >>>>> beyond their cognitive capacities.

>
> >>>> It *is* "speciesist" - you keep forgetting the quotes, asshole - to
> >>>> demand they do something based on a species-dependent trait.

>
> >>>>>>>> Saying that we *must*, due to
> >>>>>>>> some intrinsic feature of our species, is "speciesist" (always put
> >>>>>>>> quotes around "speciesism" and "speciesist" to indicate they're bullshit
> >>>>>>>> made-up pseudo-words.)

>
> >>>>>>> No, it's not. It's not speciesist to say that moral agents have moral
> >>>>>>> obligations.

>
> >>>>>> It's "speciesist" - you forgot the quotes, you **** - to say that humans
> >>>>>> are obliged to behave in a particular way based on a species-dependent
> >>>>>> attribute.

>
> >>>>> That's not what is being said.

>
> >>>> That *is* what is being said.

>
> >>> Obviously only moral agents can have moral obligations.

>
> >> Not what you're saying.

>
> > Yes. It is precisely what I am saying.

>
> No, it is not.


Actually, it is.

I am the one who gets to decide what I am saying.
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On 4/15/2012 8:15 PM, Rupert wrote:
> On Apr 16, 5:02 am, George > wrote:
>> On 4/15/2012 6:41 PM, Rupert wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>> On Apr 16, 3:32 am, George > wrote:
>>>> On 4/15/2012 6:30 PM, Rupert wrote:

>>
>>>>> On Apr 16, 2:11 am, George > wrote:
>>>>>> On 4/12/2012 3:05 PM, Rupert wrote:

>>
>>>>>>> On Apr 12, 6:42 pm, George > wrote:
>>>>>>>> On 4/12/2012 8:51 AM, Rupert wrote:

>>
>>>>>>>>> On Apr 12, 6:04 am, George > wrote:
>>>>>>>>>> On 4/11/2012 10:44 AM, Rupert wrote:

>>
>>>>>>>>>>> On Apr 11, 7:15 pm, wrote:
>>>>>>>>>>>> The very word itself, if we can hold our noses and call it a word, is
>>>>>>>>>>>> disgusting. Most spell-checkers reject it as a properly spelled English
>>>>>>>>>>>> word. It's a revolting neologism, coined by sophists.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>> One of the most obvious defects in the "ar" criticism of so-called
>>>>>>>>>>>> "speciesism" is that it rather than say what is substantially wrong
>>>>>>>>>>>> with, "ar" passivists instead commit a logical fallacy, what might be
>>>>>>>>>>>> called the Guilt by Association or "Bad Company" fallacy. At the very
>>>>>>>>>>>> outset of any "ar" condemnation of "speciesism", there is an immediate
>>>>>>>>>>>> attempt to link it with racism and sexism, as if that's all that's
>>>>>>>>>>>> needed to show that "speciesism" not only is morally wrong but deeply
>>>>>>>>>>>> evil. In fact, the very word itself, with its "ism" suffix, is
>>>>>>>>>>>> deliberately - I would say cynically - intended to suggest this linkage.
>>>>>>>>>>>> There is no escaping the fact that this is a fallacy. If someone is
>>>>>>>>>>>> going to say that "speciesism" is wrong, he's going to have to say why
>>>>>>>>>>>> it is wrong in its substance.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>> The comparison, however, is wrong in *its* substance. Not only is it a
>>>>>>>>>>>> logical fallacy to condemn "speciesism" simply by comparing it to racism
>>>>>>>>>>>> and sexism, but the comparison is false; it doesn't stand up to
>>>>>>>>>>>> scrutiny. First of all, putting aside any concern about "marginal
>>>>>>>>>>>> cases", there *is* a general morally significant difference between
>>>>>>>>>>>> humans and all other species, a difference that is wholly
>>>>>>>>>>>> species-dependent. Humans are moral agents; no other animal species
>>>>>>>>>>>> contains any moral agents. That is a morally significant difference -
>>>>>>>>>>>> so much so, that "ar" passivists say humans are *obliged* to alter their
>>>>>>>>>>>> view of animals as a result of it. In other words, "ar" passivists are
>>>>>>>>>>>> themselves "speciesist" in condemning "speciesism". The failure of race
>>>>>>>>>>>> to be a morally significant separator is too obvious to require much
>>>>>>>>>>>> comment. Whatever moral attribute people might want to use as a
>>>>>>>>>>>> criterion for discrimination, race does not logically include or exclude
>>>>>>>>>>>> an individual. If admission to prestigious universities is to be
>>>>>>>>>>>> granted based on high grades and high standardized test scores, then
>>>>>>>>>>>> there is no valid reason to exclude someone of any given race if he has
>>>>>>>>>>>> sufficiently high scores. We don't need to invoke "marginal cases" to
>>>>>>>>>>>> see what's wrong with using race or sex as a discriminating criterion:
>>>>>>>>>>>> some, or perhaps even many, members of historically disadvantaged human
>>>>>>>>>>>> groups meet the objective criteria for inclusion.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>> The second way in which the comparison fails is that racial minorities
>>>>>>>>>>>> and women are able to advance their own claims that they possess the
>>>>>>>>>>>> traits that are supposed to be the criteria for inclusion. In fact, the
>>>>>>>>>>>> very act of making their own claim is part of the demonstration that
>>>>>>>>>>>> they *do* possess those relevant traits. Other species' members cannot
>>>>>>>>>>>> do this - *none* of them.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>> For these reasons, "speciesism" fails as a criticism of the human use of
>>>>>>>>>>>> animals.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>> If you think that moral agency is the crucial morally relevant factor,
>>>>>>>>>>> then extend the same amount of consideration to all moral patients,
>>>>>>>>>>> human or nonhuman.

>>
>>>>>>>>>> You've given no valid reason why we should.

>>
>>>>>>>>> You've given no valid reason not to, and it's your job to do that.

>>
>>>>>>>> No, it isn't. You're proposing a massive change - it's your burden to
>>>>>>>> prove that we ought to make it.

>>
>>>>>>>> The burden is on you and the other radicals, and predictably - because
>>>>>>>> you're do-nothing passivists - you're shirking your burden.

>>
>>>>>>> My proposal above simply amounts to taking your suggestion that moral
>>>>>>> agency is the crucial factor seriously.

>>
>>>>>> As it is an attribute that only attaches to one species, it's "speciesism".

>>
>>>>> You don't know that it only attaches to one species

>>
>>>> We all know that it does.

>>
>>> No.

>>
>> Yes.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>>>>>>>>>> That's not speciesism.

>>
>>>>>>>>>> It's incoherent, is what it is.

>>
>>>>>>>>> Why?

>>
>>>>>>>> Already explained.

>>
>>>>>>> No.

>>
>>>>>> Yes - explained.

>>
>>>>> I am not aware

>>
>>>> Liar.

>>
>>> You have no rational grounds for thinking that I am a liar.

>>
>> Of course I have.
>>

>
> No, you don't. Actually, you have quite rational grounds for thinking
> that I am telling the truth. Because I am saying that I am not aware
> of you having explained why it is incoherent to extend the same amount
> of moral consideration to all moral patients, human or nonhuman. And
> you have in fact never made any attempt to explain this, so it is
> quite reasonable to suppose that I would not be aware of your having
> done so. So it is quite rational for you to believe that I am telling
> the truth, and not lying.
>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>>>>>>>>> Other species don't give any consideration to the interests of
>>>>>>>>>> individual members of different species.

>>
>>>>>>>>> Sometimes they do but that is irrelevant.

>>
>>>>>>>> They never give the sort of consideration you say humans must give, and
>>>>>>>> it's entirely relevant. It's what shows that you are being "speciesist"
>>>>>>>> yourself.

>>
>>>>>>> Nonhuman animals can't give the same sort of consideration that humans
>>>>>>> give, and it's not speciesist to refuse to ask them to do something
>>>>>>> beyond their cognitive capacities.

>>
>>>>>> It *is* "speciesist" - you keep forgetting the quotes, asshole - to
>>>>>> demand they do something based on a species-dependent trait.

>>
>>>>>>>>>> Saying that we *must*, due to
>>>>>>>>>> some intrinsic feature of our species, is "speciesist" (always put
>>>>>>>>>> quotes around "speciesism" and "speciesist" to indicate they're bullshit
>>>>>>>>>> made-up pseudo-words.)

>>
>>>>>>>>> No, it's not. It's not speciesist to say that moral agents have moral
>>>>>>>>> obligations.

>>
>>>>>>>> It's "speciesist" - you forgot the quotes, you **** - to say that humans
>>>>>>>> are obliged to behave in a particular way based on a species-dependent
>>>>>>>> attribute.

>>
>>>>>>> That's not what is being said.

>>
>>>>>> That *is* what is being said.

>>
>>>>> Obviously only moral agents can have moral obligations.

>>
>>>> Not what you're saying.

>>
>>> Yes. It is precisely what I am saying.

>>
>> No, it is not.

>
> Actually, it is.


It isn't.


> I am the one who gets to decide what I am saying.


I get to interpret what you're really saying. I'm right.


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On Apr 16, 5:37*am, George Plimpton > wrote:
> On 4/15/2012 8:15 PM, Rupert wrote:
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> > On Apr 16, 5:02 am, George > *wrote:
> >> On 4/15/2012 6:41 PM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>> On Apr 16, 3:32 am, George > * *wrote:
> >>>> On 4/15/2012 6:30 PM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>>>> On Apr 16, 2:11 am, George > * * *wrote:
> >>>>>> On 4/12/2012 3:05 PM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>>>>>> On Apr 12, 6:42 pm, George > * * * *wrote:
> >>>>>>>> On 4/12/2012 8:51 AM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>>>>>>>> On Apr 12, 6:04 am, George > * * * * *wrote:
> >>>>>>>>>> On 4/11/2012 10:44 AM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>>>>>>>>>> On Apr 11, 7:15 pm, wrote:
> >>>>>>>>>>>> The very word itself, if we can hold our noses and call it a word, is
> >>>>>>>>>>>> disgusting. *Most spell-checkers reject it as a properly spelled English
> >>>>>>>>>>>> word. *It's a revolting neologism, coined by sophists.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>> One of the most obvious defects in the "ar" criticism of so-called
> >>>>>>>>>>>> "speciesism" is that it rather than say what is substantially wrong
> >>>>>>>>>>>> with, "ar" passivists instead commit a logical fallacy, what might be
> >>>>>>>>>>>> called the Guilt by Association or "Bad Company" fallacy. *At the very
> >>>>>>>>>>>> outset of any "ar" condemnation of "speciesism", there is an immediate
> >>>>>>>>>>>> attempt to link it with racism and sexism, as if that's all that's
> >>>>>>>>>>>> needed to show that "speciesism" not only is morally wrong but deeply
> >>>>>>>>>>>> evil. *In fact, the very word itself, with its "ism" suffix, is
> >>>>>>>>>>>> deliberately - I would say cynically - intended to suggest this linkage.
> >>>>>>>>>>>> * * * * There is no escaping the fact that this is a fallacy. *If someone is
> >>>>>>>>>>>> going to say that "speciesism" is wrong, he's going to have to say why
> >>>>>>>>>>>> it is wrong in its substance.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>> The comparison, however, is wrong in *its* substance. *Not only is it a
> >>>>>>>>>>>> logical fallacy to condemn "speciesism" simply by comparing it to racism
> >>>>>>>>>>>> and sexism, but the comparison is false; it doesn't stand up to
> >>>>>>>>>>>> scrutiny. *First of all, putting aside any concern about "marginal
> >>>>>>>>>>>> cases", there *is* a general morally significant difference between
> >>>>>>>>>>>> humans and all other species, a difference that is wholly
> >>>>>>>>>>>> species-dependent. *Humans are moral agents; no other animal species
> >>>>>>>>>>>> contains any moral agents. *That is a morally significant difference -
> >>>>>>>>>>>> so much so, that "ar" passivists say humans are *obliged* to alter their
> >>>>>>>>>>>> view of animals as a result of it. *In other words, "ar" passivists are
> >>>>>>>>>>>> themselves "speciesist" in condemning "speciesism". *The failure of race
> >>>>>>>>>>>> to be a morally significant separator is too obvious to require much
> >>>>>>>>>>>> comment. *Whatever moral attribute people might want to use as a
> >>>>>>>>>>>> criterion for discrimination, race does not logically include or exclude
> >>>>>>>>>>>> an individual. *If admission to prestigious universities is to be
> >>>>>>>>>>>> granted based on high grades and high standardized test scores, then
> >>>>>>>>>>>> there is no valid reason to exclude someone of any given race if he has
> >>>>>>>>>>>> sufficiently high scores. *We don't need to invoke "marginal cases" to
> >>>>>>>>>>>> see what's wrong with using race or sex as a discriminating criterion:
> >>>>>>>>>>>> some, or perhaps even many, members of historically disadvantaged human
> >>>>>>>>>>>> groups meet the objective criteria for inclusion.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>> The second way in which the comparison fails is that racial minorities
> >>>>>>>>>>>> and women are able to advance their own claims that they possess the
> >>>>>>>>>>>> traits that are supposed to be the criteria for inclusion. *In fact, the
> >>>>>>>>>>>> very act of making their own claim is part of the demonstration that
> >>>>>>>>>>>> they *do* possess those relevant traits. *Other species' members cannot
> >>>>>>>>>>>> do this - *none* of them.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>> For these reasons, "speciesism" fails as a criticism of the human use of
> >>>>>>>>>>>> animals.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>> If you think that moral agency is the crucial morally relevant factor,
> >>>>>>>>>>> then extend the same amount of consideration to all moral patients,
> >>>>>>>>>>> human or nonhuman.

>
> >>>>>>>>>> You've given no valid reason why we should.

>
> >>>>>>>>> You've given no valid reason not to, and it's your job to do that.

>
> >>>>>>>> No, it isn't. *You're proposing a massive change - it's your burden to
> >>>>>>>> prove that we ought to make it.

>
> >>>>>>>> The burden is on you and the other radicals, and predictably - because
> >>>>>>>> you're do-nothing passivists - you're shirking your burden.

>
> >>>>>>> My proposal above simply amounts to taking your suggestion that moral
> >>>>>>> agency is the crucial factor seriously.

>
> >>>>>> As it is an attribute that only attaches to one species, it's "speciesism".

>
> >>>>> You don't know that it only attaches to one species

>
> >>>> We all know that it does.

>
> >>> No.

>
> >> Yes.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>> That's not speciesism.

>
> >>>>>>>>>> It's incoherent, is what it is.

>
> >>>>>>>>> Why?

>
> >>>>>>>> Already explained.

>
> >>>>>>> No.

>
> >>>>>> Yes - explained.

>
> >>>>> I am not aware

>
> >>>> Liar.

>
> >>> You have no rational grounds for thinking that I am a liar.

>
> >> Of course I have.

>
> > No, you don't. Actually, you have quite rational grounds for thinking
> > that I am telling the truth. Because I am saying that I am not aware
> > of you having explained why it is incoherent to extend the same amount
> > of moral consideration to all moral patients, human or nonhuman. And
> > you have in fact never made any attempt to explain this, so it is
> > quite reasonable to suppose that I would not be aware of your having
> > done so. So it is quite rational for you to believe that I am telling
> > the truth, and not lying.

>
> >>>>>>>>>> Other species don't give any consideration to the interests of
> >>>>>>>>>> individual members of different species.

>
> >>>>>>>>> Sometimes they do but that is irrelevant.

>
> >>>>>>>> They never give the sort of consideration you say humans must give, and
> >>>>>>>> it's entirely relevant. *It's what shows that you are being "speciesist"
> >>>>>>>> yourself.

>
> >>>>>>> Nonhuman animals can't give the same sort of consideration that humans
> >>>>>>> give, and it's not speciesist to refuse to ask them to do something
> >>>>>>> beyond their cognitive capacities.

>
> >>>>>> It *is* "speciesist" - you keep forgetting the quotes, asshole - to
> >>>>>> demand they do something based on a species-dependent trait.

>
> >>>>>>>>>> Saying that we *must*, due to
> >>>>>>>>>> some intrinsic feature of our species, is "speciesist" (always put
> >>>>>>>>>> quotes around "speciesism" and "speciesist" to indicate they're bullshit
> >>>>>>>>>> made-up pseudo-words.)

>
> >>>>>>>>> No, it's not. It's not speciesist to say that moral agents have moral
> >>>>>>>>> obligations.

>
> >>>>>>>> It's "speciesist" - you forgot the quotes, you **** - to say that humans
> >>>>>>>> are obliged to behave in a particular way based on a species-dependent
> >>>>>>>> attribute.

>
> >>>>>>> That's not what is being said.

>
> >>>>>> That *is* what is being said.

>
> >>>>> Obviously only moral agents can have moral obligations.

>
> >>>> Not what you're saying.

>
> >>> Yes. It is precisely what I am saying.

>
> >> No, it is not.

>
> > Actually, it is.

>
> It isn't.
>
> > I am the one who gets to decide what I am saying.

>
> I get to interpret what you're really saying. *I'm right.


No, you don't get to interpret what I'm saying. If I say that my
position is that only moral agents have moral obligations, then you
don't get to make the "interpretation" that that is not really what I
am saying. You take me at my word, that is part of what is involved in
serious debate.
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On 4/15/2012 8:50 PM, Rupert wrote:
> On Apr 16, 5:37 am, George > wrote:
>> On 4/15/2012 8:15 PM, Rupert wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>> On Apr 16, 5:02 am, George > wrote:
>>>> On 4/15/2012 6:41 PM, Rupert wrote:

>>
>>>>> On Apr 16, 3:32 am, George > wrote:
>>>>>> On 4/15/2012 6:30 PM, Rupert wrote:

>>
>>>>>>> On Apr 16, 2:11 am, George > wrote:
>>>>>>>> On 4/12/2012 3:05 PM, Rupert wrote:

>>
>>>>>>>>> On Apr 12, 6:42 pm, George > wrote:
>>>>>>>>>> On 4/12/2012 8:51 AM, Rupert wrote:

>>
>>>>>>>>>>> On Apr 12, 6:04 am, George > wrote:
>>>>>>>>>>>> On 4/11/2012 10:44 AM, Rupert wrote:

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>> On Apr 11, 7:15 pm, wrote:
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The very word itself, if we can hold our noses and call it a word, is
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> disgusting. Most spell-checkers reject it as a properly spelled English
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> word. It's a revolting neologism, coined by sophists.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> One of the most obvious defects in the "ar" criticism of so-called
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> "speciesism" is that it rather than say what is substantially wrong
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> with, "ar" passivists instead commit a logical fallacy, what might be
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> called the Guilt by Association or "Bad Company" fallacy. At the very
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> outset of any "ar" condemnation of "speciesism", there is an immediate
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> attempt to link it with racism and sexism, as if that's all that's
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> needed to show that "speciesism" not only is morally wrong but deeply
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> evil. In fact, the very word itself, with its "ism" suffix, is
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> deliberately - I would say cynically - intended to suggest this linkage.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> There is no escaping the fact that this is a fallacy. If someone is
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> going to say that "speciesism" is wrong, he's going to have to say why
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> it is wrong in its substance.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The comparison, however, is wrong in *its* substance. Not only is it a
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> logical fallacy to condemn "speciesism" simply by comparing it to racism
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> and sexism, but the comparison is false; it doesn't stand up to
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> scrutiny. First of all, putting aside any concern about "marginal
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> cases", there *is* a general morally significant difference between
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> humans and all other species, a difference that is wholly
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> species-dependent. Humans are moral agents; no other animal species
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> contains any moral agents. That is a morally significant difference -
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> so much so, that "ar" passivists say humans are *obliged* to alter their
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> view of animals as a result of it. In other words, "ar" passivists are
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> themselves "speciesist" in condemning "speciesism". The failure of race
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> to be a morally significant separator is too obvious to require much
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> comment. Whatever moral attribute people might want to use as a
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> criterion for discrimination, race does not logically include or exclude
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> an individual. If admission to prestigious universities is to be
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> granted based on high grades and high standardized test scores, then
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> there is no valid reason to exclude someone of any given race if he has
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> sufficiently high scores. We don't need to invoke "marginal cases" to
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> see what's wrong with using race or sex as a discriminating criterion:
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> some, or perhaps even many, members of historically disadvantaged human
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> groups meet the objective criteria for inclusion.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The second way in which the comparison fails is that racial minorities
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> and women are able to advance their own claims that they possess the
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> traits that are supposed to be the criteria for inclusion. In fact, the
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> very act of making their own claim is part of the demonstration that
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> they *do* possess those relevant traits. Other species' members cannot
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> do this - *none* of them.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> For these reasons, "speciesism" fails as a criticism of the human use of
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> animals.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>> If you think that moral agency is the crucial morally relevant factor,
>>>>>>>>>>>>> then extend the same amount of consideration to all moral patients,
>>>>>>>>>>>>> human or nonhuman.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>> You've given no valid reason why we should.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>> You've given no valid reason not to, and it's your job to do that.

>>
>>>>>>>>>> No, it isn't. You're proposing a massive change - it's your burden to
>>>>>>>>>> prove that we ought to make it.

>>
>>>>>>>>>> The burden is on you and the other radicals, and predictably - because
>>>>>>>>>> you're do-nothing passivists - you're shirking your burden.

>>
>>>>>>>>> My proposal above simply amounts to taking your suggestion that moral
>>>>>>>>> agency is the crucial factor seriously.

>>
>>>>>>>> As it is an attribute that only attaches to one species, it's "speciesism".

>>
>>>>>>> You don't know that it only attaches to one species

>>
>>>>>> We all know that it does.

>>
>>>>> No.

>>
>>>> Yes.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>> That's not speciesism.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>> It's incoherent, is what it is.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>> Why?

>>
>>>>>>>>>> Already explained.

>>
>>>>>>>>> No.

>>
>>>>>>>> Yes - explained.

>>
>>>>>>> I am not aware

>>
>>>>>> Liar.

>>
>>>>> You have no rational grounds for thinking that I am a liar.

>>
>>>> Of course I have.

>>
>>> No, you don't. Actually, you have quite rational grounds for thinking
>>> that I am telling the truth. Because I am saying that I am not aware
>>> of you having explained why it is incoherent to extend the same amount
>>> of moral consideration to all moral patients, human or nonhuman. And
>>> you have in fact never made any attempt to explain this, so it is
>>> quite reasonable to suppose that I would not be aware of your having
>>> done so. So it is quite rational for you to believe that I am telling
>>> the truth, and not lying.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>> Other species don't give any consideration to the interests of
>>>>>>>>>>>> individual members of different species.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>> Sometimes they do but that is irrelevant.

>>
>>>>>>>>>> They never give the sort of consideration you say humans must give, and
>>>>>>>>>> it's entirely relevant. It's what shows that you are being "speciesist"
>>>>>>>>>> yourself.

>>
>>>>>>>>> Nonhuman animals can't give the same sort of consideration that humans
>>>>>>>>> give, and it's not speciesist to refuse to ask them to do something
>>>>>>>>> beyond their cognitive capacities.

>>
>>>>>>>> It *is* "speciesist" - you keep forgetting the quotes, asshole - to
>>>>>>>> demand they do something based on a species-dependent trait.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>> Saying that we *must*, due to
>>>>>>>>>>>> some intrinsic feature of our species, is "speciesist" (always put
>>>>>>>>>>>> quotes around "speciesism" and "speciesist" to indicate they're bullshit
>>>>>>>>>>>> made-up pseudo-words.)

>>
>>>>>>>>>>> No, it's not. It's not speciesist to say that moral agents have moral
>>>>>>>>>>> obligations.

>>
>>>>>>>>>> It's "speciesist" - you forgot the quotes, you **** - to say that humans
>>>>>>>>>> are obliged to behave in a particular way based on a species-dependent
>>>>>>>>>> attribute.

>>
>>>>>>>>> That's not what is being said.

>>
>>>>>>>> That *is* what is being said.

>>
>>>>>>> Obviously only moral agents can have moral obligations.

>>
>>>>>> Not what you're saying.

>>
>>>>> Yes. It is precisely what I am saying.

>>
>>>> No, it is not.

>>
>>> Actually, it is.

>>
>> It isn't.
>>
>>> I am the one who gets to decide what I am saying.

>>
>> I get to interpret what you're really saying. I'm right.

>
> No, you don't get to interpret what I'm saying.


I do. I really do.
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On Apr 16, 6:37*am, George Plimpton > wrote:
> On 4/15/2012 8:50 PM, Rupert wrote:
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> > On Apr 16, 5:37 am, George > *wrote:
> >> On 4/15/2012 8:15 PM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>> On Apr 16, 5:02 am, George > * *wrote:
> >>>> On 4/15/2012 6:41 PM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>>>> On Apr 16, 3:32 am, George > * * *wrote:
> >>>>>> On 4/15/2012 6:30 PM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>>>>>> On Apr 16, 2:11 am, George > * * * *wrote:
> >>>>>>>> On 4/12/2012 3:05 PM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>>>>>>>> On Apr 12, 6:42 pm, George > * * * * *wrote:
> >>>>>>>>>> On 4/12/2012 8:51 AM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>>>>>>>>>> On Apr 12, 6:04 am, George > * * * * * *wrote:
> >>>>>>>>>>>> On 4/11/2012 10:44 AM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>> On Apr 11, 7:15 pm, wrote:
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> The very word itself, if we can hold our noses and call it a word, is
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> disgusting. *Most spell-checkers reject it as a properly spelled English
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> word. *It's a revolting neologism, coined by sophists.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> One of the most obvious defects in the "ar" criticism of so-called
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> "speciesism" is that it rather than say what is substantially wrong
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> with, "ar" passivists instead commit a logical fallacy, what might be
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> called the Guilt by Association or "Bad Company" fallacy. *At the very
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> outset of any "ar" condemnation of "speciesism", there is an immediate
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> attempt to link it with racism and sexism, as if that's all that's
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> needed to show that "speciesism" not only is morally wrong but deeply
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> evil. *In fact, the very word itself, with its "ism" suffix, is
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> deliberately - I would say cynically - intended to suggest this linkage.
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> * * * * *There is no escaping the fact that this is a fallacy. *If someone is
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> going to say that "speciesism" is wrong, he's going to have to say why
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> it is wrong in its substance.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> The comparison, however, is wrong in *its* substance. *Not only is it a
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> logical fallacy to condemn "speciesism" simply by comparing it to racism
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> and sexism, but the comparison is false; it doesn't stand up to
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> scrutiny. *First of all, putting aside any concern about "marginal
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> cases", there *is* a general morally significant difference between
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> humans and all other species, a difference that is wholly
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> species-dependent. *Humans are moral agents; no other animal species
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> contains any moral agents. *That is a morally significant difference -
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> so much so, that "ar" passivists say humans are *obliged* to alter their
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> view of animals as a result of it. *In other words, "ar" passivists are
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> themselves "speciesist" in condemning "speciesism". *The failure of race
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> to be a morally significant separator is too obvious to require much
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> comment. *Whatever moral attribute people might want to use as a
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> criterion for discrimination, race does not logically include or exclude
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> an individual. *If admission to prestigious universities is to be
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> granted based on high grades and high standardized test scores, then
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> there is no valid reason to exclude someone of any given race if he has
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> sufficiently high scores. *We don't need to invoke "marginal cases" to
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> see what's wrong with using race or sex as a discriminating criterion:
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> some, or perhaps even many, members of historically disadvantaged human
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> groups meet the objective criteria for inclusion.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> The second way in which the comparison fails is that racial minorities
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> and women are able to advance their own claims that they possess the
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> traits that are supposed to be the criteria for inclusion. *In fact, the
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> very act of making their own claim is part of the demonstration that
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> they *do* possess those relevant traits. *Other species' members cannot
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> do this - *none* of them.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> For these reasons, "speciesism" fails as a criticism of the human use of
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> animals.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>> If you think that moral agency is the crucial morally relevant factor,
> >>>>>>>>>>>>> then extend the same amount of consideration to all moral patients,
> >>>>>>>>>>>>> human or nonhuman.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>> You've given no valid reason why we should.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>> You've given no valid reason not to, and it's your job to do that.

>
> >>>>>>>>>> No, it isn't. *You're proposing a massive change - it's your burden to
> >>>>>>>>>> prove that we ought to make it.

>
> >>>>>>>>>> The burden is on you and the other radicals, and predictably - because
> >>>>>>>>>> you're do-nothing passivists - you're shirking your burden.

>
> >>>>>>>>> My proposal above simply amounts to taking your suggestion that moral
> >>>>>>>>> agency is the crucial factor seriously.

>
> >>>>>>>> As it is an attribute that only attaches to one species, it's "speciesism".

>
> >>>>>>> You don't know that it only attaches to one species

>
> >>>>>> We all know that it does.

>
> >>>>> No.

>
> >>>> Yes.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>> That's not speciesism.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>> It's incoherent, is what it is.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>> Why?

>
> >>>>>>>>>> Already explained.

>
> >>>>>>>>> No.

>
> >>>>>>>> Yes - explained.

>
> >>>>>>> I am not aware

>
> >>>>>> Liar.

>
> >>>>> You have no rational grounds for thinking that I am a liar.

>
> >>>> Of course I have.

>
> >>> No, you don't. Actually, you have quite rational grounds for thinking
> >>> that I am telling the truth. Because I am saying that I am not aware
> >>> of you having explained why it is incoherent to extend the same amount
> >>> of moral consideration to all moral patients, human or nonhuman. And
> >>> you have in fact never made any attempt to explain this, so it is
> >>> quite reasonable to suppose that I would not be aware of your having
> >>> done so. So it is quite rational for you to believe that I am telling
> >>> the truth, and not lying.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>> Other species don't give any consideration to the interests of
> >>>>>>>>>>>> individual members of different species.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>> Sometimes they do but that is irrelevant.

>
> >>>>>>>>>> They never give the sort of consideration you say humans must give, and
> >>>>>>>>>> it's entirely relevant. *It's what shows that you are being "speciesist"
> >>>>>>>>>> yourself.

>
> >>>>>>>>> Nonhuman animals can't give the same sort of consideration that humans
> >>>>>>>>> give, and it's not speciesist to refuse to ask them to do something
> >>>>>>>>> beyond their cognitive capacities.

>
> >>>>>>>> It *is* "speciesist" - you keep forgetting the quotes, asshole - to
> >>>>>>>> demand they do something based on a species-dependent trait.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>> Saying that we *must*, due to
> >>>>>>>>>>>> some intrinsic feature of our species, is "speciesist" (always put
> >>>>>>>>>>>> quotes around "speciesism" and "speciesist" to indicate they're bullshit
> >>>>>>>>>>>> made-up pseudo-words.)

>
> >>>>>>>>>>> No, it's not. It's not speciesist to say that moral agents have moral
> >>>>>>>>>>> obligations.

>
> >>>>>>>>>> It's "speciesist" - you forgot the quotes, you **** - to say that humans
> >>>>>>>>>> are obliged to behave in a particular way based on a species-dependent
> >>>>>>>>>> attribute.

>
> >>>>>>>>> That's not what is being said.

>
> >>>>>>>> That *is* what is being said.

>
> >>>>>>> Obviously only moral agents can have moral obligations.

>
> >>>>>> Not what you're saying.

>
> >>>>> Yes. It is precisely what I am saying.

>
> >>>> No, it is not.

>
> >>> Actually, it is.

>
> >> It isn't.

>
> >>> I am the one who gets to decide what I am saying.

>
> >> I get to interpret what you're really saying. *I'm right.

>
> > No, you don't get to interpret what I'm saying.

>
> I do. *I really do.


You do get to make up stories about what I'm saying if that is what
you choose to do, but you don't get to advance them as the truth while
simultaneously being regarded as engaging in serious debate.
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On 4/15/2012 11:18 PM, Rupert wrote:
> On Apr 16, 6:37 am, George > wrote:
>> On 4/15/2012 8:50 PM, Rupert wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>> On Apr 16, 5:37 am, George > wrote:
>>>> On 4/15/2012 8:15 PM, Rupert wrote:

>>
>>>>> On Apr 16, 5:02 am, George > wrote:
>>>>>> On 4/15/2012 6:41 PM, Rupert wrote:

>>
>>>>>>> On Apr 16, 3:32 am, George > wrote:
>>>>>>>> On 4/15/2012 6:30 PM, Rupert wrote:

>>
>>>>>>>>> On Apr 16, 2:11 am, George > wrote:
>>>>>>>>>> On 4/12/2012 3:05 PM, Rupert wrote:

>>
>>>>>>>>>>> On Apr 12, 6:42 pm, George > wrote:
>>>>>>>>>>>> On 4/12/2012 8:51 AM, Rupert wrote:

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>> On Apr 12, 6:04 am, George > wrote:
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> On 4/11/2012 10:44 AM, Rupert wrote:

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> On Apr 11, 7:15 pm, wrote:
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The very word itself, if we can hold our noses and call it a word, is
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> disgusting. Most spell-checkers reject it as a properly spelled English
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> word. It's a revolting neologism, coined by sophists.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> One of the most obvious defects in the "ar" criticism of so-called
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> "speciesism" is that it rather than say what is substantially wrong
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> with, "ar" passivists instead commit a logical fallacy, what might be
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> called the Guilt by Association or "Bad Company" fallacy. At the very
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> outset of any "ar" condemnation of "speciesism", there is an immediate
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> attempt to link it with racism and sexism, as if that's all that's
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> needed to show that "speciesism" not only is morally wrong but deeply
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> evil. In fact, the very word itself, with its "ism" suffix, is
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> deliberately - I would say cynically - intended to suggest this linkage.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> There is no escaping the fact that this is a fallacy. If someone is
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> going to say that "speciesism" is wrong, he's going to have to say why
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> it is wrong in its substance.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The comparison, however, is wrong in *its* substance. Not only is it a
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> logical fallacy to condemn "speciesism" simply by comparing it to racism
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> and sexism, but the comparison is false; it doesn't stand up to
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> scrutiny. First of all, putting aside any concern about "marginal
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> cases", there *is* a general morally significant difference between
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> humans and all other species, a difference that is wholly
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> species-dependent. Humans are moral agents; no other animal species
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> contains any moral agents. That is a morally significant difference -
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> so much so, that "ar" passivists say humans are *obliged* to alter their
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> view of animals as a result of it. In other words, "ar" passivists are
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> themselves "speciesist" in condemning "speciesism". The failure of race
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> to be a morally significant separator is too obvious to require much
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> comment. Whatever moral attribute people might want to use as a
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> criterion for discrimination, race does not logically include or exclude
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> an individual. If admission to prestigious universities is to be
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> granted based on high grades and high standardized test scores, then
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> there is no valid reason to exclude someone of any given race if he has
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> sufficiently high scores. We don't need to invoke "marginal cases" to
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> see what's wrong with using race or sex as a discriminating criterion:
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> some, or perhaps even many, members of historically disadvantaged human
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> groups meet the objective criteria for inclusion.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The second way in which the comparison fails is that racial minorities
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> and women are able to advance their own claims that they possess the
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> traits that are supposed to be the criteria for inclusion. In fact, the
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> very act of making their own claim is part of the demonstration that
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> they *do* possess those relevant traits. Other species' members cannot
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> do this - *none* of them.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> For these reasons, "speciesism" fails as a criticism of the human use of
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> animals.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> If you think that moral agency is the crucial morally relevant factor,
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> then extend the same amount of consideration to all moral patients,
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> human or nonhuman.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> You've given no valid reason why we should.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>> You've given no valid reason not to, and it's your job to do that.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>> No, it isn't. You're proposing a massive change - it's your burden to
>>>>>>>>>>>> prove that we ought to make it.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>> The burden is on you and the other radicals, and predictably - because
>>>>>>>>>>>> you're do-nothing passivists - you're shirking your burden.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>> My proposal above simply amounts to taking your suggestion that moral
>>>>>>>>>>> agency is the crucial factor seriously.

>>
>>>>>>>>>> As it is an attribute that only attaches to one species, it's "speciesism".

>>
>>>>>>>>> You don't know that it only attaches to one species

>>
>>>>>>>> We all know that it does.

>>
>>>>>>> No.

>>
>>>>>> Yes.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> That's not speciesism.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It's incoherent, is what it is.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>> Why?

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>> Already explained.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>> No.

>>
>>>>>>>>>> Yes - explained.

>>
>>>>>>>>> I am not aware

>>
>>>>>>>> Liar.

>>
>>>>>>> You have no rational grounds for thinking that I am a liar.

>>
>>>>>> Of course I have.

>>
>>>>> No, you don't. Actually, you have quite rational grounds for thinking
>>>>> that I am telling the truth. Because I am saying that I am not aware
>>>>> of you having explained why it is incoherent to extend the same amount
>>>>> of moral consideration to all moral patients, human or nonhuman. And
>>>>> you have in fact never made any attempt to explain this, so it is
>>>>> quite reasonable to suppose that I would not be aware of your having
>>>>> done so. So it is quite rational for you to believe that I am telling
>>>>> the truth, and not lying.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Other species don't give any consideration to the interests of
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> individual members of different species.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>> Sometimes they do but that is irrelevant.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>> They never give the sort of consideration you say humans must give, and
>>>>>>>>>>>> it's entirely relevant. It's what shows that you are being "speciesist"
>>>>>>>>>>>> yourself.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>> Nonhuman animals can't give the same sort of consideration that humans
>>>>>>>>>>> give, and it's not speciesist to refuse to ask them to do something
>>>>>>>>>>> beyond their cognitive capacities.

>>
>>>>>>>>>> It *is* "speciesist" - you keep forgetting the quotes, asshole - to
>>>>>>>>>> demand they do something based on a species-dependent trait.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Saying that we *must*, due to
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> some intrinsic feature of our species, is "speciesist" (always put
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> quotes around "speciesism" and "speciesist" to indicate they're bullshit
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> made-up pseudo-words.)

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>> No, it's not. It's not speciesist to say that moral agents have moral
>>>>>>>>>>>>> obligations.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>> It's "speciesist" - you forgot the quotes, you **** - to say that humans
>>>>>>>>>>>> are obliged to behave in a particular way based on a species-dependent
>>>>>>>>>>>> attribute.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>> That's not what is being said.

>>
>>>>>>>>>> That *is* what is being said.

>>
>>>>>>>>> Obviously only moral agents can have moral obligations.

>>
>>>>>>>> Not what you're saying.

>>
>>>>>>> Yes. It is precisely what I am saying.

>>
>>>>>> No, it is not.

>>
>>>>> Actually, it is.

>>
>>>> It isn't.

>>
>>>>> I am the one who gets to decide what I am saying.

>>
>>>> I get to interpret what you're really saying. I'm right.

>>
>>> No, you don't get to interpret what I'm saying.

>>
>> I do. I really do.

>
> You do get to make up stories about what I'm saying if


That's not what I'm doing.
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On Apr 16, 4:47*pm, George Plimpton > wrote:
> On 4/15/2012 11:18 PM, Rupert wrote:
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> > On Apr 16, 6:37 am, George > *wrote:
> >> On 4/15/2012 8:50 PM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>> On Apr 16, 5:37 am, George > * *wrote:
> >>>> On 4/15/2012 8:15 PM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>>>> On Apr 16, 5:02 am, George > * * *wrote:
> >>>>>> On 4/15/2012 6:41 PM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>>>>>> On Apr 16, 3:32 am, George > * * * *wrote:
> >>>>>>>> On 4/15/2012 6:30 PM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>>>>>>>> On Apr 16, 2:11 am, George > * * * * *wrote:
> >>>>>>>>>> On 4/12/2012 3:05 PM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>>>>>>>>>> On Apr 12, 6:42 pm, George > * * * * * *wrote:
> >>>>>>>>>>>> On 4/12/2012 8:51 AM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>> On Apr 12, 6:04 am, George > * * * * * * *wrote:
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> On 4/11/2012 10:44 AM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> On Apr 11, 7:15 pm, wrote:
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The very word itself, if we can hold our noses and call it a word, is
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> disgusting. *Most spell-checkers reject it as a properly spelled English
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> word. *It's a revolting neologism, coined by sophists.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> One of the most obvious defects in the "ar" criticism of so-called
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> "speciesism" is that it rather than say what is substantially wrong
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> with, "ar" passivists instead commit a logical fallacy, what might be
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> called the Guilt by Association or "Bad Company" fallacy.. *At the very
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> outset of any "ar" condemnation of "speciesism", there is an immediate
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> attempt to link it with racism and sexism, as if that's all that's
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> needed to show that "speciesism" not only is morally wrong but deeply
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> evil. *In fact, the very word itself, with its "ism" suffix, is
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> deliberately - I would say cynically - intended to suggest this linkage.
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> * * * * * There is no escaping the fact that this is a fallacy. *If someone is
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> going to say that "speciesism" is wrong, he's going to have to say why
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> it is wrong in its substance.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The comparison, however, is wrong in *its* substance. *Not only is it a
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> logical fallacy to condemn "speciesism" simply by comparing it to racism
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> and sexism, but the comparison is false; it doesn't stand up to
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> scrutiny. *First of all, putting aside any concern about "marginal
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> cases", there *is* a general morally significant difference between
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> humans and all other species, a difference that is wholly
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> species-dependent. *Humans are moral agents; no other animal species
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> contains any moral agents. *That is a morally significant difference -
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> so much so, that "ar" passivists say humans are *obliged* to alter their
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> view of animals as a result of it. *In other words, "ar" passivists are
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> themselves "speciesist" in condemning "speciesism". *The failure of race
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> to be a morally significant separator is too obvious to require much
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> comment. *Whatever moral attribute people might want to use as a
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> criterion for discrimination, race does not logically include or exclude
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> an individual. *If admission to prestigious universities is to be
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> granted based on high grades and high standardized test scores, then
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> there is no valid reason to exclude someone of any given race if he has
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> sufficiently high scores. *We don't need to invoke "marginal cases" to
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> see what's wrong with using race or sex as a discriminating criterion:
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> some, or perhaps even many, members of historically disadvantaged human
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> groups meet the objective criteria for inclusion.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The second way in which the comparison fails is that racial minorities
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> and women are able to advance their own claims that they possess the
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> traits that are supposed to be the criteria for inclusion. *In fact, the
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> very act of making their own claim is part of the demonstration that
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> they *do* possess those relevant traits. *Other species' members cannot
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> do this - *none* of them.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> For these reasons, "speciesism" fails as a criticism of the human use of
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> animals.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> If you think that moral agency is the crucial morally relevant factor,
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> then extend the same amount of consideration to all moral patients,
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> human or nonhuman.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> You've given no valid reason why we should.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>> You've given no valid reason not to, and it's your job to do that.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>> No, it isn't. *You're proposing a massive change - it's your burden to
> >>>>>>>>>>>> prove that we ought to make it.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>> The burden is on you and the other radicals, and predictably - because
> >>>>>>>>>>>> you're do-nothing passivists - you're shirking your burden.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>> My proposal above simply amounts to taking your suggestion that moral
> >>>>>>>>>>> agency is the crucial factor seriously.

>
> >>>>>>>>>> As it is an attribute that only attaches to one species, it's "speciesism".

>
> >>>>>>>>> You don't know that it only attaches to one species

>
> >>>>>>>> We all know that it does.

>
> >>>>>>> No.

>
> >>>>>> Yes.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> That's not speciesism.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> It's incoherent, is what it is.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>> Why?

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>> Already explained.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>> No.

>
> >>>>>>>>>> Yes - explained.

>
> >>>>>>>>> I am not aware

>
> >>>>>>>> Liar.

>
> >>>>>>> You have no rational grounds for thinking that I am a liar.

>
> >>>>>> Of course I have.

>
> >>>>> No, you don't. Actually, you have quite rational grounds for thinking
> >>>>> that I am telling the truth. Because I am saying that I am not aware
> >>>>> of you having explained why it is incoherent to extend the same amount
> >>>>> of moral consideration to all moral patients, human or nonhuman. And
> >>>>> you have in fact never made any attempt to explain this, so it is
> >>>>> quite reasonable to suppose that I would not be aware of your having
> >>>>> done so. So it is quite rational for you to believe that I am telling
> >>>>> the truth, and not lying.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> Other species don't give any consideration to the interests of
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> individual members of different species.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>> Sometimes they do but that is irrelevant.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>> They never give the sort of consideration you say humans must give, and
> >>>>>>>>>>>> it's entirely relevant. *It's what shows that you are being "speciesist"
> >>>>>>>>>>>> yourself.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>> Nonhuman animals can't give the same sort of consideration that humans
> >>>>>>>>>>> give, and it's not speciesist to refuse to ask them to do something
> >>>>>>>>>>> beyond their cognitive capacities.

>
> >>>>>>>>>> It *is* "speciesist" - you keep forgetting the quotes, asshole - to
> >>>>>>>>>> demand they do something based on a species-dependent trait.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> Saying that we *must*, due to
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> some intrinsic feature of our species, is "speciesist" (always put
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> quotes around "speciesism" and "speciesist" to indicate they're bullshit
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> made-up pseudo-words.)

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>> No, it's not. It's not speciesist to say that moral agents have moral
> >>>>>>>>>>>>> obligations.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>> It's "speciesist" - you forgot the quotes, you **** - to say that humans
> >>>>>>>>>>>> are obliged to behave in a particular way based on a species-dependent
> >>>>>>>>>>>> attribute.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>> That's not what is being said.

>
> >>>>>>>>>> That *is* what is being said.

>
> >>>>>>>>> Obviously only moral agents can have moral obligations.

>
> >>>>>>>> Not what you're saying.

>
> >>>>>>> Yes. It is precisely what I am saying.

>
> >>>>>> No, it is not.

>
> >>>>> Actually, it is.

>
> >>>> It isn't.

>
> >>>>> I am the one who gets to decide what I am saying.

>
> >>>> I get to interpret what you're really saying. *I'm right.

>
> >>> No, you don't get to interpret what I'm saying.

>
> >> I do. *I really do.

>
> > You do get to make up stories about what I'm saying if

>
> That's not what I'm doing.


Where do the stories come from, then?


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On 4/16/2012 11:16 AM, Rupert wrote:
> On Apr 16, 4:47 pm, George > wrote:
>> On 4/15/2012 11:18 PM, Rupert wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>> On Apr 16, 6:37 am, George > wrote:
>>>> On 4/15/2012 8:50 PM, Rupert wrote:

>>
>>>>> On Apr 16, 5:37 am, George > wrote:
>>>>>> On 4/15/2012 8:15 PM, Rupert wrote:

>>
>>>>>>> On Apr 16, 5:02 am, George > wrote:
>>>>>>>> On 4/15/2012 6:41 PM, Rupert wrote:

>>
>>>>>>>>> On Apr 16, 3:32 am, George > wrote:
>>>>>>>>>> On 4/15/2012 6:30 PM, Rupert wrote:

>>
>>>>>>>>>>> On Apr 16, 2:11 am, George > wrote:
>>>>>>>>>>>> On 4/12/2012 3:05 PM, Rupert wrote:

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>> On Apr 12, 6:42 pm, George > wrote:
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> On 4/12/2012 8:51 AM, Rupert wrote:

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> On Apr 12, 6:04 am, George > wrote:
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> On 4/11/2012 10:44 AM, Rupert wrote:

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> On Apr 11, 7:15 pm, wrote:
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The very word itself, if we can hold our noses and call it a word, is
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> disgusting. Most spell-checkers reject it as a properly spelled English
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> word. It's a revolting neologism, coined by sophists.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> One of the most obvious defects in the "ar" criticism of so-called
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> "speciesism" is that it rather than say what is substantially wrong
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> with, "ar" passivists instead commit a logical fallacy, what might be
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> called the Guilt by Association or "Bad Company" fallacy. At the very
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> outset of any "ar" condemnation of "speciesism", there is an immediate
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> attempt to link it with racism and sexism, as if that's all that's
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> needed to show that "speciesism" not only is morally wrong but deeply
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> evil. In fact, the very word itself, with its "ism" suffix, is
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> deliberately - I would say cynically - intended to suggest this linkage.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> There is no escaping the fact that this is a fallacy. If someone is
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> going to say that "speciesism" is wrong, he's going to have to say why
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> it is wrong in its substance.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The comparison, however, is wrong in *its* substance. Not only is it a
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> logical fallacy to condemn "speciesism" simply by comparing it to racism
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> and sexism, but the comparison is false; it doesn't stand up to
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> scrutiny. First of all, putting aside any concern about "marginal
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> cases", there *is* a general morally significant difference between
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> humans and all other species, a difference that is wholly
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> species-dependent. Humans are moral agents; no other animal species
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> contains any moral agents. That is a morally significant difference -
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> so much so, that "ar" passivists say humans are *obliged* to alter their
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> view of animals as a result of it. In other words, "ar" passivists are
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> themselves "speciesist" in condemning "speciesism". The failure of race
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> to be a morally significant separator is too obvious to require much
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> comment. Whatever moral attribute people might want to use as a
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> criterion for discrimination, race does not logically include or exclude
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> an individual. If admission to prestigious universities is to be
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> granted based on high grades and high standardized test scores, then
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> there is no valid reason to exclude someone of any given race if he has
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> sufficiently high scores. We don't need to invoke "marginal cases" to
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> see what's wrong with using race or sex as a discriminating criterion:
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> some, or perhaps even many, members of historically disadvantaged human
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> groups meet the objective criteria for inclusion.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The second way in which the comparison fails is that racial minorities
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> and women are able to advance their own claims that they possess the
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> traits that are supposed to be the criteria for inclusion. In fact, the
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> very act of making their own claim is part of the demonstration that
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> they *do* possess those relevant traits. Other species' members cannot
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> do this - *none* of them.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> For these reasons, "speciesism" fails as a criticism of the human use of
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> animals.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> If you think that moral agency is the crucial morally relevant factor,
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> then extend the same amount of consideration to all moral patients,
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> human or nonhuman.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> You've given no valid reason why we should.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> You've given no valid reason not to, and it's your job to do that.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> No, it isn't. You're proposing a massive change - it's your burden to
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> prove that we ought to make it.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The burden is on you and the other radicals, and predictably - because
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> you're do-nothing passivists - you're shirking your burden.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>> My proposal above simply amounts to taking your suggestion that moral
>>>>>>>>>>>>> agency is the crucial factor seriously.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>> As it is an attribute that only attaches to one species, it's "speciesism".

>>
>>>>>>>>>>> You don't know that it only attaches to one species

>>
>>>>>>>>>> We all know that it does.

>>
>>>>>>>>> No.

>>
>>>>>>>> Yes.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> That's not speciesism.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It's incoherent, is what it is.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Why?

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Already explained.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>> No.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>> Yes - explained.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>> I am not aware

>>
>>>>>>>>>> Liar.

>>
>>>>>>>>> You have no rational grounds for thinking that I am a liar.

>>
>>>>>>>> Of course I have.

>>
>>>>>>> No, you don't. Actually, you have quite rational grounds for thinking
>>>>>>> that I am telling the truth. Because I am saying that I am not aware
>>>>>>> of you having explained why it is incoherent to extend the same amount
>>>>>>> of moral consideration to all moral patients, human or nonhuman. And
>>>>>>> you have in fact never made any attempt to explain this, so it is
>>>>>>> quite reasonable to suppose that I would not be aware of your having
>>>>>>> done so. So it is quite rational for you to believe that I am telling
>>>>>>> the truth, and not lying.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Other species don't give any consideration to the interests of
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> individual members of different species.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Sometimes they do but that is irrelevant.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> They never give the sort of consideration you say humans must give, and
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> it's entirely relevant. It's what shows that you are being "speciesist"
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> yourself.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>> Nonhuman animals can't give the same sort of consideration that humans
>>>>>>>>>>>>> give, and it's not speciesist to refuse to ask them to do something
>>>>>>>>>>>>> beyond their cognitive capacities.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>> It *is* "speciesist" - you keep forgetting the quotes, asshole - to
>>>>>>>>>>>> demand they do something based on a species-dependent trait.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Saying that we *must*, due to
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> some intrinsic feature of our species, is "speciesist" (always put
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> quotes around "speciesism" and "speciesist" to indicate they're bullshit
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> made-up pseudo-words.)

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> No, it's not. It's not speciesist to say that moral agents have moral
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> obligations.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It's "speciesist" - you forgot the quotes, you **** - to say that humans
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> are obliged to behave in a particular way based on a species-dependent
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> attribute.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>> That's not what is being said.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>> That *is* what is being said.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>> Obviously only moral agents can have moral obligations.

>>
>>>>>>>>>> Not what you're saying.

>>
>>>>>>>>> Yes. It is precisely what I am saying.

>>
>>>>>>>> No, it is not.

>>
>>>>>>> Actually, it is.

>>
>>>>>> It isn't.

>>
>>>>>>> I am the one who gets to decide what I am saying.

>>
>>>>>> I get to interpret what you're really saying. I'm right.

>>
>>>>> No, you don't get to interpret what I'm saying.

>>
>>>> I do. I really do.

>>
>>> You do get to make up stories about what I'm saying if

>>
>> That's not what I'm doing.

>
> Where do the stories come from, then?


There aren't any stories.
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On Apr 16, 8:54*pm, George Plimpton > wrote:
> On 4/16/2012 11:16 AM, Rupert wrote:
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> > On Apr 16, 4:47 pm, George > *wrote:
> >> On 4/15/2012 11:18 PM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>> On Apr 16, 6:37 am, George > * *wrote:
> >>>> On 4/15/2012 8:50 PM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>>>> On Apr 16, 5:37 am, George > * * *wrote:
> >>>>>> On 4/15/2012 8:15 PM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>>>>>> On Apr 16, 5:02 am, George > * * * *wrote:
> >>>>>>>> On 4/15/2012 6:41 PM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>>>>>>>> On Apr 16, 3:32 am, George > * * * * *wrote:
> >>>>>>>>>> On 4/15/2012 6:30 PM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>>>>>>>>>> On Apr 16, 2:11 am, George > * * * * * *wrote:
> >>>>>>>>>>>> On 4/12/2012 3:05 PM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>> On Apr 12, 6:42 pm, George > * * * * * * *wrote:
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> On 4/12/2012 8:51 AM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> On Apr 12, 6:04 am, George > * * * * * * * *wrote:
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> On 4/11/2012 10:44 AM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> On Apr 11, 7:15 pm, wrote:
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The very word itself, if we can hold our noses and call it a word, is
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> disgusting. *Most spell-checkers reject it as a properly spelled English
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> word. *It's a revolting neologism, coined by sophists.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> One of the most obvious defects in the "ar" criticism of so-called
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> "speciesism" is that it rather than say what is substantially wrong
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> with, "ar" passivists instead commit a logical fallacy, what might be
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> called the Guilt by Association or "Bad Company" fallacy. *At the very
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> outset of any "ar" condemnation of "speciesism", there is an immediate
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> attempt to link it with racism and sexism, as if that's all that's
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> needed to show that "speciesism" not only is morally wrong but deeply
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> evil. *In fact, the very word itself, with its "ism" suffix, is
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> deliberately - I would say cynically - intended to suggest this linkage.
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> * * * * * *There is no escaping the fact that this is a fallacy. *If someone is
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> going to say that "speciesism" is wrong, he's going to have to say why
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> it is wrong in its substance.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The comparison, however, is wrong in *its* substance. *Not only is it a
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> logical fallacy to condemn "speciesism" simply by comparing it to racism
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> and sexism, but the comparison is false; it doesn't stand up to
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> scrutiny. *First of all, putting aside any concern about "marginal
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> cases", there *is* a general morally significant difference between
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> humans and all other species, a difference that is wholly
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> species-dependent. *Humans are moral agents; no other animal species
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> contains any moral agents. *That is a morally significant difference -
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> so much so, that "ar" passivists say humans are *obliged* to alter their
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> view of animals as a result of it. *In other words, "ar" passivists are
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> themselves "speciesist" in condemning "speciesism". *The failure of race
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> to be a morally significant separator is too obvious to require much
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> comment. *Whatever moral attribute people might want to use as a
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> criterion for discrimination, race does not logically include or exclude
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> an individual. *If admission to prestigious universities is to be
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> granted based on high grades and high standardized test scores, then
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> there is no valid reason to exclude someone of any given race if he has
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> sufficiently high scores. *We don't need to invoke "marginal cases" to
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> see what's wrong with using race or sex as a discriminating criterion:
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> some, or perhaps even many, members of historically disadvantaged human
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> groups meet the objective criteria for inclusion.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The second way in which the comparison fails is that racial minorities
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> and women are able to advance their own claims that they possess the
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> traits that are supposed to be the criteria for inclusion. *In fact, the
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> very act of making their own claim is part of the demonstration that
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> they *do* possess those relevant traits. *Other species' members cannot
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> do this - *none* of them.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> For these reasons, "speciesism" fails as a criticism of the human use of
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> animals.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> If you think that moral agency is the crucial morally relevant factor,
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> then extend the same amount of consideration to all moral patients,
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> human or nonhuman.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> You've given no valid reason why we should.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> You've given no valid reason not to, and it's your job to do that.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> No, it isn't. *You're proposing a massive change - it's your burden to
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> prove that we ought to make it.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> The burden is on you and the other radicals, and predictably - because
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> you're do-nothing passivists - you're shirking your burden..

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>> My proposal above simply amounts to taking your suggestion that moral
> >>>>>>>>>>>>> agency is the crucial factor seriously.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>> As it is an attribute that only attaches to one species, it's "speciesism".

>
> >>>>>>>>>>> You don't know that it only attaches to one species

>
> >>>>>>>>>> We all know that it does.

>
> >>>>>>>>> No.

>
> >>>>>>>> Yes.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> That's not speciesism.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It's incoherent, is what it is.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Why?

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> Already explained.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>> No.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>> Yes - explained.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>> I am not aware

>
> >>>>>>>>>> Liar.

>
> >>>>>>>>> You have no rational grounds for thinking that I am a liar.

>
> >>>>>>>> Of course I have.

>
> >>>>>>> No, you don't. Actually, you have quite rational grounds for thinking
> >>>>>>> that I am telling the truth. Because I am saying that I am not aware
> >>>>>>> of you having explained why it is incoherent to extend the same amount
> >>>>>>> of moral consideration to all moral patients, human or nonhuman. And
> >>>>>>> you have in fact never made any attempt to explain this, so it is
> >>>>>>> quite reasonable to suppose that I would not be aware of your having
> >>>>>>> done so. So it is quite rational for you to believe that I am telling
> >>>>>>> the truth, and not lying.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Other species don't give any consideration to the interests of
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> individual members of different species.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Sometimes they do but that is irrelevant.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> They never give the sort of consideration you say humans must give, and
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> it's entirely relevant. *It's what shows that you are being "speciesist"
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> yourself.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>> Nonhuman animals can't give the same sort of consideration that humans
> >>>>>>>>>>>>> give, and it's not speciesist to refuse to ask them to do something
> >>>>>>>>>>>>> beyond their cognitive capacities.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>> It *is* "speciesist" - you keep forgetting the quotes, asshole - to
> >>>>>>>>>>>> demand they do something based on a species-dependent trait.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Saying that we *must*, due to
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> some intrinsic feature of our species, is "speciesist" (always put
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> quotes around "speciesism" and "speciesist" to indicate they're bullshit
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> made-up pseudo-words.)

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> No, it's not. It's not speciesist to say that moral agents have moral
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> obligations.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> It's "speciesist" - you forgot the quotes, you **** - to say that humans
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> are obliged to behave in a particular way based on a species-dependent
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> attribute.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>> That's not what is being said.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>> That *is* what is being said.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>> Obviously only moral agents can have moral obligations.

>
> >>>>>>>>>> Not what you're saying.

>
> >>>>>>>>> Yes. It is precisely what I am saying.

>
> >>>>>>>> No, it is not.

>
> >>>>>>> Actually, it is.

>
> >>>>>> It isn't.

>
> >>>>>>> I am the one who gets to decide what I am saying.

>
> >>>>>> I get to interpret what you're really saying. *I'm right.

>
> >>>>> No, you don't get to interpret what I'm saying.

>
> >>>> I do. *I really do.

>
> >>> You do get to make up stories about what I'm saying if

>
> >> That's not what I'm doing.

>
> > Where do the stories come from, then?

>
> There aren't any stories.


Yes, there are. You are telling a story about "what I am really
saying" which is contrary to what I tell you I am saying.
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On 4/16/2012 11:44 PM, Rupert wrote:
> On Apr 16, 8:54 pm, George > wrote:
>> On 4/16/2012 11:16 AM, Rupert wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>> On Apr 16, 4:47 pm, George > wrote:
>>>> On 4/15/2012 11:18 PM, Rupert wrote:

>>
>>>>> On Apr 16, 6:37 am, George > wrote:
>>>>>> On 4/15/2012 8:50 PM, Rupert wrote:

>>
>>>>>>> On Apr 16, 5:37 am, George > wrote:
>>>>>>>> On 4/15/2012 8:15 PM, Rupert wrote:

>>
>>>>>>>>> On Apr 16, 5:02 am, George > wrote:
>>>>>>>>>> On 4/15/2012 6:41 PM, Rupert wrote:

>>
>>>>>>>>>>> On Apr 16, 3:32 am, George > wrote:
>>>>>>>>>>>> On 4/15/2012 6:30 PM, Rupert wrote:

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>> On Apr 16, 2:11 am, George > wrote:
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> On 4/12/2012 3:05 PM, Rupert wrote:

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> On Apr 12, 6:42 pm, George > wrote:
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> On 4/12/2012 8:51 AM, Rupert wrote:

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> On Apr 12, 6:04 am, George > wrote:
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> On 4/11/2012 10:44 AM, Rupert wrote:

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> On Apr 11, 7:15 pm, wrote:
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The very word itself, if we can hold our noses and call it a word, is
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> disgusting. Most spell-checkers reject it as a properly spelled English
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> word. It's a revolting neologism, coined by sophists.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> One of the most obvious defects in the "ar" criticism of so-called
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> "speciesism" is that it rather than say what is substantially wrong
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> with, "ar" passivists instead commit a logical fallacy, what might be
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> called the Guilt by Association or "Bad Company" fallacy. At the very
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> outset of any "ar" condemnation of "speciesism", there is an immediate
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> attempt to link it with racism and sexism, as if that's all that's
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> needed to show that "speciesism" not only is morally wrong but deeply
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> evil. In fact, the very word itself, with its "ism" suffix, is
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> deliberately - I would say cynically - intended to suggest this linkage.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> There is no escaping the fact that this is a fallacy. If someone is
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> going to say that "speciesism" is wrong, he's going to have to say why
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> it is wrong in its substance.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The comparison, however, is wrong in *its* substance. Not only is it a
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> logical fallacy to condemn "speciesism" simply by comparing it to racism
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> and sexism, but the comparison is false; it doesn't stand up to
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> scrutiny. First of all, putting aside any concern about "marginal
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> cases", there *is* a general morally significant difference between
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> humans and all other species, a difference that is wholly
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> species-dependent. Humans are moral agents; no other animal species
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> contains any moral agents. That is a morally significant difference -
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> so much so, that "ar" passivists say humans are *obliged* to alter their
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> view of animals as a result of it. In other words, "ar" passivists are
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> themselves "speciesist" in condemning "speciesism". The failure of race
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> to be a morally significant separator is too obvious to require much
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> comment. Whatever moral attribute people might want to use as a
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> criterion for discrimination, race does not logically include or exclude
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> an individual. If admission to prestigious universities is to be
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> granted based on high grades and high standardized test scores, then
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> there is no valid reason to exclude someone of any given race if he has
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> sufficiently high scores. We don't need to invoke "marginal cases" to
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> see what's wrong with using race or sex as a discriminating criterion:
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> some, or perhaps even many, members of historically disadvantaged human
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> groups meet the objective criteria for inclusion.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The second way in which the comparison fails is that racial minorities
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> and women are able to advance their own claims that they possess the
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> traits that are supposed to be the criteria for inclusion. In fact, the
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> very act of making their own claim is part of the demonstration that
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> they *do* possess those relevant traits. Other species' members cannot
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> do this - *none* of them.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> For these reasons, "speciesism" fails as a criticism of the human use of
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> animals.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> If you think that moral agency is the crucial morally relevant factor,
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> then extend the same amount of consideration to all moral patients,
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> human or nonhuman.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> You've given no valid reason why we should.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> You've given no valid reason not to, and it's your job to do that.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> No, it isn't. You're proposing a massive change - it's your burden to
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> prove that we ought to make it.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The burden is on you and the other radicals, and predictably - because
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> you're do-nothing passivists - you're shirking your burden.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> My proposal above simply amounts to taking your suggestion that moral
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> agency is the crucial factor seriously.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> As it is an attribute that only attaches to one species, it's "speciesism".

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>> You don't know that it only attaches to one species

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>> We all know that it does.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>> No.

>>
>>>>>>>>>> Yes.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> That's not speciesism.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It's incoherent, is what it is.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Why?

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Already explained.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> No.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yes - explained.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>> I am not aware

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>> Liar.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>> You have no rational grounds for thinking that I am a liar.

>>
>>>>>>>>>> Of course I have.

>>
>>>>>>>>> No, you don't. Actually, you have quite rational grounds for thinking
>>>>>>>>> that I am telling the truth. Because I am saying that I am not aware
>>>>>>>>> of you having explained why it is incoherent to extend the same amount
>>>>>>>>> of moral consideration to all moral patients, human or nonhuman. And
>>>>>>>>> you have in fact never made any attempt to explain this, so it is
>>>>>>>>> quite reasonable to suppose that I would not be aware of your having
>>>>>>>>> done so. So it is quite rational for you to believe that I am telling
>>>>>>>>> the truth, and not lying.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Other species don't give any consideration to the interests of
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> individual members of different species.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Sometimes they do but that is irrelevant.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> They never give the sort of consideration you say humans must give, and
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> it's entirely relevant. It's what shows that you are being "speciesist"
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> yourself.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Nonhuman animals can't give the same sort of consideration that humans
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> give, and it's not speciesist to refuse to ask them to do something
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> beyond their cognitive capacities.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It *is* "speciesist" - you keep forgetting the quotes, asshole - to
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> demand they do something based on a species-dependent trait.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Saying that we *must*, due to
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> some intrinsic feature of our species, is "speciesist" (always put
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> quotes around "speciesism" and "speciesist" to indicate they're bullshit
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> made-up pseudo-words.)

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> No, it's not. It's not speciesist to say that moral agents have moral
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> obligations.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It's "speciesist" - you forgot the quotes, you **** - to say that humans
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> are obliged to behave in a particular way based on a species-dependent
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> attribute.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> That's not what is being said.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> That *is* what is being said.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>> Obviously only moral agents can have moral obligations.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>>> Not what you're saying.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>> Yes. It is precisely what I am saying.

>>
>>>>>>>>>> No, it is not.

>>
>>>>>>>>> Actually, it is.

>>
>>>>>>>> It isn't.

>>
>>>>>>>>> I am the one who gets to decide what I am saying.

>>
>>>>>>>> I get to interpret what you're really saying. I'm right.

>>
>>>>>>> No, you don't get to interpret what I'm saying.

>>
>>>>>> I do. I really do.

>>
>>>>> You do get to make up stories about what I'm saying if

>>
>>>> That's not what I'm doing.

>>
>>> Where do the stories come from, then?

>>
>> There aren't any stories.

>
> Yes, there are.


No.
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On Apr 17, 7:57*am, George Plimpton > wrote:
> On 4/16/2012 11:44 PM, Rupert wrote:
>
>
>
>
>
> > On Apr 16, 8:54 pm, George > *wrote:
> >> On 4/16/2012 11:16 AM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>> On Apr 16, 4:47 pm, George > * *wrote:
> >>>> On 4/15/2012 11:18 PM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>>>> On Apr 16, 6:37 am, George > * * *wrote:
> >>>>>> On 4/15/2012 8:50 PM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>>>>>> On Apr 16, 5:37 am, George > * * * *wrote:
> >>>>>>>> On 4/15/2012 8:15 PM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>>>>>>>> On Apr 16, 5:02 am, George > * * * * *wrote:
> >>>>>>>>>> On 4/15/2012 6:41 PM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>>>>>>>>>> On Apr 16, 3:32 am, George > * * * * * *wrote:
> >>>>>>>>>>>> On 4/15/2012 6:30 PM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>> On Apr 16, 2:11 am, George > * * * * * * *wrote:
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> On 4/12/2012 3:05 PM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> On Apr 12, 6:42 pm, George > * * * * * * * *wrote:
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> On 4/12/2012 8:51 AM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> On Apr 12, 6:04 am, George > * * * * * * * * *wrote:
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> On 4/11/2012 10:44 AM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> On Apr 11, 7:15 pm, wrote:
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The very word itself, if we can hold our noses and call it a word, is
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> disgusting. *Most spell-checkers reject it as a properly spelled English
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> word. *It's a revolting neologism, coined by sophists.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> One of the most obvious defects in the "ar" criticism of so-called
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> "speciesism" is that it rather than say what is substantially wrong
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> with, "ar" passivists instead commit a logical fallacy, what might be
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> called the Guilt by Association or "Bad Company" fallacy. *At the very
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> outset of any "ar" condemnation of "speciesism", there is an immediate
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> attempt to link it with racism and sexism, as if that's all that's
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> needed to show that "speciesism" not only is morally wrong but deeply
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> evil. *In fact, the very word itself, with its "ism" suffix, is
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> deliberately - I would say cynically - intended to suggest this linkage.
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> * * * * * * There is no escaping the fact that this is a fallacy. *If someone is
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> going to say that "speciesism" is wrong, he's going to have to say why
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> it is wrong in its substance.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The comparison, however, is wrong in *its* substance.. *Not only is it a
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> logical fallacy to condemn "speciesism" simply by comparing it to racism
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> and sexism, but the comparison is false; it doesn't stand up to
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> scrutiny. *First of all, putting aside any concern about "marginal
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> cases", there *is* a general morally significant difference between
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> humans and all other species, a difference that is wholly
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> species-dependent. *Humans are moral agents; no other animal species
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> contains any moral agents. *That is a morally significant difference -
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> so much so, that "ar" passivists say humans are *obliged* to alter their
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> view of animals as a result of it. *In other words, "ar" passivists are
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> themselves "speciesist" in condemning "speciesism". *The failure of race
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> to be a morally significant separator is too obvious to require much
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> comment. *Whatever moral attribute people might want to use as a
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> criterion for discrimination, race does not logically include or exclude
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> an individual. *If admission to prestigious universities is to be
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> granted based on high grades and high standardized test scores, then
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> there is no valid reason to exclude someone of any given race if he has
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> sufficiently high scores. *We don't need to invoke "marginal cases" to
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> see what's wrong with using race or sex as a discriminating criterion:
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> some, or perhaps even many, members of historically disadvantaged human
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> groups meet the objective criteria for inclusion.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The second way in which the comparison fails is that racial minorities
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> and women are able to advance their own claims that they possess the
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> traits that are supposed to be the criteria for inclusion. *In fact, the
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> very act of making their own claim is part of the demonstration that
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> they *do* possess those relevant traits. *Other species' members cannot
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> do this - *none* of them.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> For these reasons, "speciesism" fails as a criticism of the human use of
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> animals.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> If you think that moral agency is the crucial morally relevant factor,
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> then extend the same amount of consideration to all moral patients,
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> human or nonhuman.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> You've given no valid reason why we should.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> You've given no valid reason not to, and it's your job to do that.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> No, it isn't. *You're proposing a massive change - it's your burden to
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> prove that we ought to make it.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The burden is on you and the other radicals, and predictably - because
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> you're do-nothing passivists - you're shirking your burden.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> My proposal above simply amounts to taking your suggestion that moral
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> agency is the crucial factor seriously.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> As it is an attribute that only attaches to one species, it's "speciesism".

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>> You don't know that it only attaches to one species

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>> We all know that it does.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>> No.

>
> >>>>>>>>>> Yes.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> That's not speciesism.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It's incoherent, is what it is.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Why?

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Already explained.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> No.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yes - explained.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>> I am not aware

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>> Liar.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>> You have no rational grounds for thinking that I am a liar.

>
> >>>>>>>>>> Of course I have.

>
> >>>>>>>>> No, you don't. Actually, you have quite rational grounds for thinking
> >>>>>>>>> that I am telling the truth. Because I am saying that I am not aware
> >>>>>>>>> of you having explained why it is incoherent to extend the same amount
> >>>>>>>>> of moral consideration to all moral patients, human or nonhuman.. And
> >>>>>>>>> you have in fact never made any attempt to explain this, so it is
> >>>>>>>>> quite reasonable to suppose that I would not be aware of your having
> >>>>>>>>> done so. So it is quite rational for you to believe that I am telling
> >>>>>>>>> the truth, and not lying.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Other species don't give any consideration to the interests of
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> individual members of different species.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Sometimes they do but that is irrelevant.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> They never give the sort of consideration you say humans must give, and
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> it's entirely relevant. *It's what shows that you are being "speciesist"
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> yourself.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Nonhuman animals can't give the same sort of consideration that humans
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> give, and it's not speciesist to refuse to ask them to do something
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> beyond their cognitive capacities.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> It *is* "speciesist" - you keep forgetting the quotes, asshole - to
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>> demand they do something based on a species-dependent trait.

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On Apr 12, 4:16*pm, George Plimpton > wrote:
> On 4/12/2012 5:43 AM, Zerkon wrote:
>
> > In article<qdydnaX0Os30yRvSnZ2dnUVZ5h2dn...@giganews. com>,
> > says...
> >> Other species don't give any consideration to the interests of
> >> individual members of different species.

>
> > Not correct. Ants herd, 'milk' and protect aphids. It's a great
> > assumption either way if this is defined as some aspect of "giving
> > consideration" however the associated behaviors humans regard as such
> > are still proved fact so a denial that a sense of consideration is
> > present can not be arrived at logically.

>
> That's not the kind of consideration being prescribe by "ar" passivists.
> * They advocate that humans cause no harm to animals, or allow no harm
> to happen, that they would not cause or allow to happen to a human. *We
> don't morally allow painful medical experimentation and testing to be
> done on humans, so they say we shouldn't do it with animal subjects
> either. *No animals give that kind of consideration.
>
> > Symbiotic relationships permeate many if not all forms of life. For
> > instance, no one can claim certainty that one of the hundreds of species
> > of micro-organisms living inside each human that enable humans to live
> > are not "giving consideration to the interests" of their host.

>
> That's not moral consideration.
>
> > Do you have a dog?

>
> Yes. *I do give moral consideration to her interests, but not as much as
> I give to the interests of my son. *The "ar" passivists say I should
> give the dog's interests equal consideration to those of my son, and no
> more consideration to my son's than to any other person's or other
> animals. *But it doesn't work that way. *If I arrive to pick my son up
> from school and find the school is on fire and my son and another child
> are in the classroom, and I have an opportunity to rescue one child
> only, then I'm afraid little Billy's parents are going to be grieving
> while I tuck my son safely in his bed that evening. *That's just how it is.


That's a straw man. Not a single person has ever suggested that you
shouldn't rescue your son in such circumstances.


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On Apr 17, 7:27*pm, "Mr.Smartypants" >
wrote:
> On Apr 17, 7:57*am, George Plimpton > wrote:
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> > On 4/16/2012 11:44 PM, Rupert wrote:

>
> > > On Apr 16, 8:54 pm, George > *wrote:
> > >> On 4/16/2012 11:16 AM, Rupert wrote:

>
> > >>> On Apr 16, 4:47 pm, George > * *wrote:
> > >>>> On 4/15/2012 11:18 PM, Rupert wrote:

>
> > >>>>> On Apr 16, 6:37 am, George > * * *wrote:
> > >>>>>> On 4/15/2012 8:50 PM, Rupert wrote:

>
> > >>>>>>> On Apr 16, 5:37 am, George > * * * *wrote:
> > >>>>>>>> On 4/15/2012 8:15 PM, Rupert wrote:

>
> > >>>>>>>>> On Apr 16, 5:02 am, George > * * * * *wrote:
> > >>>>>>>>>> On 4/15/2012 6:41 PM, Rupert wrote:

>
> > >>>>>>>>>>> On Apr 16, 3:32 am, George > * * * * * *wrote:
> > >>>>>>>>>>>> On 4/15/2012 6:30 PM, Rupert wrote:

>
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>> On Apr 16, 2:11 am, George > * * * * * * *wrote:
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>> On 4/12/2012 3:05 PM, Rupert wrote:

>
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> On Apr 12, 6:42 pm, George > * * * * * * * *wrote:
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> On 4/12/2012 8:51 AM, Rupert wrote:

>
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> On Apr 12, 6:04 am, George > * * * * * * * * *wrote:
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> On 4/11/2012 10:44 AM, Rupert wrote:

>
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> On Apr 11, 7:15 pm, wrote:
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The very word itself, if we can hold our noses and call it a word, is
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> disgusting. *Most spell-checkers reject it as a properly spelled English
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> word. *It's a revolting neologism, coined by sophists.

>
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> One of the most obvious defects in the "ar" criticism of so-called
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> "speciesism" is that it rather than say what is substantially wrong
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> with, "ar" passivists instead commit a logical fallacy, what might be
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> called the Guilt by Association or "Bad Company" fallacy. *At the very
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> outset of any "ar" condemnation of "speciesism", there is an immediate
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> attempt to link it with racism and sexism, as if that's all that's
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> needed to show that "speciesism" not only is morally wrong but deeply
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> evil. *In fact, the very word itself, with its "ism" suffix, is
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> deliberately - I would say cynically - intended to suggest this linkage.
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> * * * * * * There is no escaping the fact that this is a fallacy. *If someone is
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> going to say that "speciesism" is wrong, he's going to have to say why
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> it is wrong in its substance.

>
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The comparison, however, is wrong in *its* substance. *Not only is it a
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> logical fallacy to condemn "speciesism" simply by comparing it to racism
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> and sexism, but the comparison is false; it doesn't stand up to
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> scrutiny. *First of all, putting aside any concern about "marginal
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> cases", there *is* a general morally significant difference between
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> humans and all other species, a difference that is wholly
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> species-dependent. *Humans are moral agents; no other animal species
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> contains any moral agents. *That is a morally significant difference -
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> so much so, that "ar" passivists say humans are *obliged* to alter their
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> view of animals as a result of it. *In other words, "ar" passivists are
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> themselves "speciesist" in condemning "speciesism".. *The failure of race
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> to be a morally significant separator is too obvious to require much
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> comment. *Whatever moral attribute people might want to use as a
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> criterion for discrimination, race does not logically include or exclude
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> an individual. *If admission to prestigious universities is to be
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> granted based on high grades and high standardized test scores, then
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> there is no valid reason to exclude someone of any given race if he has
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> sufficiently high scores. *We don't need to invoke "marginal cases" to
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> see what's wrong with using race or sex as a discriminating criterion:
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> some, or perhaps even many, members of historically disadvantaged human
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> groups meet the objective criteria for inclusion.

>
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The second way in which the comparison fails is that racial minorities
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> and women are able to advance their own claims that they possess the
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> traits that are supposed to be the criteria for inclusion. *In fact, the
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> very act of making their own claim is part of the demonstration that
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> they *do* possess those relevant traits. *Other species' members cannot
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> do this - *none* of them.

>
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> For these reasons, "speciesism" fails as a criticism of the human use of
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> animals.

>
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> If you think that moral agency is the crucial morally relevant factor,
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> then extend the same amount of consideration to all moral patients,
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> human or nonhuman.

>
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> You've given no valid reason why we should.

>
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> You've given no valid reason not to, and it's your job to do that.

>
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> No, it isn't. *You're proposing a massive change - it's your burden to
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> prove that we ought to make it.

>
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The burden is on you and the other radicals, and predictably - because
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> you're do-nothing passivists - you're shirking your burden.

>
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> My proposal above simply amounts to taking your suggestion that moral
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> agency is the crucial factor seriously.

>
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>> As it is an attribute that only attaches to one species, it's "speciesism".

>
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>> You don't know that it only attaches to one species

>
> > >>>>>>>>>>>> We all know that it does.

>
> > >>>>>>>>>>> No.

>
> > >>>>>>>>>> Yes.

>
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> That's not speciesism.

>
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It's incoherent, is what it is.

>
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Why?

>
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Already explained.

>
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> No.

>
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yes - explained.

>
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>> I am not aware

>
> > >>>>>>>>>>>> Liar.

>
> > >>>>>>>>>>> You have no rational grounds for thinking that I am a liar.

>
> > >>>>>>>>>> Of course I have.

>
> > >>>>>>>>> No, you don't. Actually, you have quite rational grounds for thinking
> > >>>>>>>>> that I am telling the truth. Because I am saying that I am not aware
> > >>>>>>>>> of you having explained why it is incoherent to extend the same amount
> > >>>>>>>>> of moral consideration to all moral patients, human or nonhuman. And
> > >>>>>>>>> you have in fact never made any attempt to explain this, so it is
> > >>>>>>>>> quite reasonable to suppose that I would not be aware of your having
> > >>>>>>>>> done so. So it is quite rational for you to believe that I am telling
> > >>>>>>>>> the truth, and not lying.

>
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Other species don't give any consideration to the interests of
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> individual members of different species.

>
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Sometimes they do but that is irrelevant.

>
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> They never give the sort of consideration you say humans must give, and
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> it's entirely relevant. *It's what shows that you are being "speciesist"
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> yourself.

>
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Nonhuman animals can't give the same sort of consideration that humans
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> give, and it's not speciesist to refuse to ask them to do something
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> beyond their cognitive capacities.

>
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>> It *is* "speciesist" - you keep forgetting the quotes, asshole - to
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>> demand they do something based on a species-dependent trait.

>
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Saying that we *must*, due to
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> some intrinsic feature of our species, is "speciesist" (always put
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> quotes around "speciesism" and "speciesist" to indicate they're bullshit
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> made-up pseudo-words.)

>
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> No, it's not. It's not speciesist to say that moral agents have moral
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> obligations.

>
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It's "speciesist" - you forgot the quotes, you **** - to say that humans
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> are obliged to behave in a particular way based on a species-dependent
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> attribute.

>
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> That's not what is being said.

>
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>>> That *is* what is being said.

>
> > >>>>>>>>>>>>> Obviously only moral agents can have moral obligations.

>
> > >>>>>>>>>>>> Not what you're saying.

>
> > >>>>>>>>>>> Yes. It is precisely what I am saying.

>
> > >>>>>>>>>> No, it is not.

>
> > >>>>>>>>> Actually, it is.

>
> > >>>>>>>> It isn't.

>
> > >>>>>>>>> I am the one who gets to decide what I am saying.

>
> > >>>>>>>> I get to interpret what you're really saying. *I'm right.

>
> > >>>>>>> No, you don't get to interpret what I'm saying.

>
> > >>>>>> I do. *I really do.

>
> > >>>>> You do get to make up stories about what I'm saying if

>
> > >>>> That's not what I'm doing.

>
> > >>> Where do the stories come from, then?

>
> > >> There aren't any stories.

>
> > > Yes, there are.

>
> > No.

>
> Yes.


Indeed.
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On 4/17/2012 2:00 PM, Rupert wrote:
> On Apr 12, 4:16 pm, George > wrote:
>> On 4/12/2012 5:43 AM, Zerkon wrote:
>>
>>> In article<qdydnaX0Os30yRvSnZ2dnUVZ5h2dn...@giganews. com>,
>>> says...
>>>> Other species don't give any consideration to the interests of
>>>> individual members of different species.

>>
>>> Not correct. Ants herd, 'milk' and protect aphids. It's a great
>>> assumption either way if this is defined as some aspect of "giving
>>> consideration" however the associated behaviors humans regard as such
>>> are still proved fact so a denial that a sense of consideration is
>>> present can not be arrived at logically.

>>
>> That's not the kind of consideration being prescribe by "ar" passivists.
>> They advocate that humans cause no harm to animals, or allow no harm
>> to happen, that they would not cause or allow to happen to a human. We
>> don't morally allow painful medical experimentation and testing to be
>> done on humans, so they say we shouldn't do it with animal subjects
>> either. No animals give that kind of consideration.
>>
>>> Symbiotic relationships permeate many if not all forms of life. For
>>> instance, no one can claim certainty that one of the hundreds of species
>>> of micro-organisms living inside each human that enable humans to live
>>> are not "giving consideration to the interests" of their host.

>>
>> That's not moral consideration.
>>
>>> Do you have a dog?

>>
>> Yes. I do give moral consideration to her interests, but not as much as
>> I give to the interests of my son. The "ar" passivists say I should
>> give the dog's interests equal consideration to those of my son, and no
>> more consideration to my son's than to any other person's or other
>> animals. But it doesn't work that way. If I arrive to pick my son up
>> from school and find the school is on fire and my son and another child
>> are in the classroom, and I have an opportunity to rescue one child
>> only, then I'm afraid little Billy's parents are going to be grieving
>> while I tuck my son safely in his bed that evening. That's just how it is.

>
> That's a straw man.


No, it isn't. You claim that I should give equal moral consideration to
the interests of all subject-of-a-life beings. It's bullshit, of
course, but that's your claim.
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> >>>> Other species don't give any consideration to the interests of
> >>>> individual members of different species.

>
> >>> Not correct. Ants herd, 'milk' and protect aphids. It's a great
> >>> assumption either way if this is defined as some aspect of "giving
> >>> consideration" however the associated behaviors humans regard as such
> >>> are still proved fact so a denial that a sense of consideration is
> >>> present can not be arrived at logically.

>
> >> That's not the kind of consideration being prescribe by "ar" passivists.
> >> * *They advocate that humans cause no harm to animals, or allow no harm
> >> to happen, that they would not cause or allow to happen to a human. *We
> >> don't morally allow painful medical experimentation and testing to be
> >> done on humans, so they say we shouldn't do it with animal subjects
> >> either. *No animals give that kind of consideration.

>
> >>> Symbiotic relationships permeate many if not all forms of life. For
> >>> instance, no one can claim certainty that one of the hundreds of species
> >>> of micro-organisms living inside each human that enable humans to live
> >>> are not "giving consideration to the interests" of their host.

>
> >> That's not moral consideration.

>
> >>> Do you have a dog?

>
> >> Yes. *I do give moral consideration to her interests, but not as much as
> >> I give to the interests of my son. *The "ar" passivists say I should
> >> give the dog's interests equal consideration to those of my son, and no
> >> more consideration to my son's than to any other person's or other
> >> animals. *But it doesn't work that way. *If I arrive to pick my son up
> >> from school and find the school is on fire and my son and another child
> >> are in the classroom, and I have an opportunity to rescue one child
> >> only, then I'm afraid little Billy's parents are going to be grieving
> >> while I tuck my son safely in his bed that evening. *That's just how it is.

>
> > That's a straw man.

>
> No, it isn't. *You claim that I should give equal moral consideration to
> the interests of all subject-of-a-life beings.


Plumpton won't even admit that with modern prosthetics for bovines you
can have your cow and eat it too.

Sure the cow must use a walker but at least the cow is alive.



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On Apr 18, 1:29*am, George Plimpton > wrote:
> On 4/17/2012 2:00 PM, Rupert wrote:
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> > On Apr 12, 4:16 pm, George > *wrote:
> >> On 4/12/2012 5:43 AM, Zerkon wrote:

>
> >>> In article<qdydnaX0Os30yRvSnZ2dnUVZ5h2dn...@giganews. com>,
> >>> says...
> >>>> Other species don't give any consideration to the interests of
> >>>> individual members of different species.

>
> >>> Not correct. Ants herd, 'milk' and protect aphids. It's a great
> >>> assumption either way if this is defined as some aspect of "giving
> >>> consideration" however the associated behaviors humans regard as such
> >>> are still proved fact so a denial that a sense of consideration is
> >>> present can not be arrived at logically.

>
> >> That's not the kind of consideration being prescribe by "ar" passivists.
> >> * *They advocate that humans cause no harm to animals, or allow no harm
> >> to happen, that they would not cause or allow to happen to a human. *We
> >> don't morally allow painful medical experimentation and testing to be
> >> done on humans, so they say we shouldn't do it with animal subjects
> >> either. *No animals give that kind of consideration.

>
> >>> Symbiotic relationships permeate many if not all forms of life. For
> >>> instance, no one can claim certainty that one of the hundreds of species
> >>> of micro-organisms living inside each human that enable humans to live
> >>> are not "giving consideration to the interests" of their host.

>
> >> That's not moral consideration.

>
> >>> Do you have a dog?

>
> >> Yes. *I do give moral consideration to her interests, but not as much as
> >> I give to the interests of my son. *The "ar" passivists say I should
> >> give the dog's interests equal consideration to those of my son, and no
> >> more consideration to my son's than to any other person's or other
> >> animals. *But it doesn't work that way. *If I arrive to pick my son up
> >> from school and find the school is on fire and my son and another child
> >> are in the classroom, and I have an opportunity to rescue one child
> >> only, then I'm afraid little Billy's parents are going to be grieving
> >> while I tuck my son safely in his bed that evening. *That's just how it is.

>
> > That's a straw man.

>
> No, it isn't. *You claim that I should give equal moral consideration to
> the interests of all subject-of-a-life beings. *It's bullshit, of
> course, but that's your claim.


It does not follow from this claim that you are not morally entitled
to rescue your son in the circumstances you described. The principle
of equal consideration is consistent with special ties.
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On 4/18/2012 5:55 AM, Rupert wrote:
> On Apr 18, 1:29 am, George > wrote:
>> On 4/17/2012 2:00 PM, Rupert wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>> On Apr 12, 4:16 pm, George > wrote:
>>>> On 4/12/2012 5:43 AM, Zerkon wrote:

>>
>>>>> In article<qdydnaX0Os30yRvSnZ2dnUVZ5h2dn...@giganews. com>,
>>>>> says...
>>>>>> Other species don't give any consideration to the interests of
>>>>>> individual members of different species.

>>
>>>>> Not correct. Ants herd, 'milk' and protect aphids. It's a great
>>>>> assumption either way if this is defined as some aspect of "giving
>>>>> consideration" however the associated behaviors humans regard as such
>>>>> are still proved fact so a denial that a sense of consideration is
>>>>> present can not be arrived at logically.

>>
>>>> That's not the kind of consideration being prescribe by "ar" passivists.
>>>> They advocate that humans cause no harm to animals, or allow no harm
>>>> to happen, that they would not cause or allow to happen to a human. We
>>>> don't morally allow painful medical experimentation and testing to be
>>>> done on humans, so they say we shouldn't do it with animal subjects
>>>> either. No animals give that kind of consideration.

>>
>>>>> Symbiotic relationships permeate many if not all forms of life. For
>>>>> instance, no one can claim certainty that one of the hundreds of species
>>>>> of micro-organisms living inside each human that enable humans to live
>>>>> are not "giving consideration to the interests" of their host.

>>
>>>> That's not moral consideration.

>>
>>>>> Do you have a dog?

>>
>>>> Yes. I do give moral consideration to her interests, but not as much as
>>>> I give to the interests of my son. The "ar" passivists say I should
>>>> give the dog's interests equal consideration to those of my son, and no
>>>> more consideration to my son's than to any other person's or other
>>>> animals. But it doesn't work that way. If I arrive to pick my son up
>>>> from school and find the school is on fire and my son and another child
>>>> are in the classroom, and I have an opportunity to rescue one child
>>>> only, then I'm afraid little Billy's parents are going to be grieving
>>>> while I tuck my son safely in his bed that evening. That's just how it is.

>>
>>> That's a straw man.

>>
>> No, it isn't. You claim that I should give equal moral consideration to
>> the interests of all subject-of-a-life beings. It's bullshit, of
>> course, but that's your claim.

>
> It does not follow from this claim that you are not morally entitled
> to rescue your son in the circumstances you described. The principle
> of equal consideration is consistent with special ties.


Special ties like species membership, perhaps?


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On Apr 18, 5:12*pm, George Plimpton > wrote:
> On 4/18/2012 5:55 AM, Rupert wrote:
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> > On Apr 18, 1:29 am, George > *wrote:
> >> On 4/17/2012 2:00 PM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>> On Apr 12, 4:16 pm, George > * *wrote:
> >>>> On 4/12/2012 5:43 AM, Zerkon wrote:

>
> >>>>> In article<qdydnaX0Os30yRvSnZ2dnUVZ5h2dn...@giganews. com>,
> >>>>> says...
> >>>>>> Other species don't give any consideration to the interests of
> >>>>>> individual members of different species.

>
> >>>>> Not correct. Ants herd, 'milk' and protect aphids. It's a great
> >>>>> assumption either way if this is defined as some aspect of "giving
> >>>>> consideration" however the associated behaviors humans regard as such
> >>>>> are still proved fact so a denial that a sense of consideration is
> >>>>> present can not be arrived at logically.

>
> >>>> That's not the kind of consideration being prescribe by "ar" passivists.
> >>>> * * They advocate that humans cause no harm to animals, or allow no harm
> >>>> to happen, that they would not cause or allow to happen to a human. *We
> >>>> don't morally allow painful medical experimentation and testing to be
> >>>> done on humans, so they say we shouldn't do it with animal subjects
> >>>> either. *No animals give that kind of consideration.

>
> >>>>> Symbiotic relationships permeate many if not all forms of life. For
> >>>>> instance, no one can claim certainty that one of the hundreds of species
> >>>>> of micro-organisms living inside each human that enable humans to live
> >>>>> are not "giving consideration to the interests" of their host.

>
> >>>> That's not moral consideration.

>
> >>>>> Do you have a dog?

>
> >>>> Yes. *I do give moral consideration to her interests, but not as much as
> >>>> I give to the interests of my son. *The "ar" passivists say I should
> >>>> give the dog's interests equal consideration to those of my son, and no
> >>>> more consideration to my son's than to any other person's or other
> >>>> animals. *But it doesn't work that way. *If I arrive to pick my son up
> >>>> from school and find the school is on fire and my son and another child
> >>>> are in the classroom, and I have an opportunity to rescue one child
> >>>> only, then I'm afraid little Billy's parents are going to be grieving
> >>>> while I tuck my son safely in his bed that evening. *That's just how it is.

>
> >>> That's a straw man.

>
> >> No, it isn't. *You claim that I should give equal moral consideration to
> >> the interests of all subject-of-a-life beings. *It's bullshit, of
> >> course, but that's your claim.

>
> > It does not follow from this claim that you are not morally entitled
> > to rescue your son in the circumstances you described. The principle
> > of equal consideration is consistent with special ties.

>
> Special ties like species membership, perhaps?


You could try to defend the claim that that's a morally significant
"special tie" if you wished. My claim has only ever been that that
does indeed require some argument, that the burden of proof is on the
speciesist. And you would have to explain why the racist is not
entitled to claim special ties based on race.
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On 4/18/2012 10:44 AM, Rupert wrote:
> On Apr 18, 5:12 pm, George > wrote:
>> On 4/18/2012 5:55 AM, Rupert wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>> On Apr 18, 1:29 am, George > wrote:
>>>> On 4/17/2012 2:00 PM, Rupert wrote:

>>
>>>>> On Apr 12, 4:16 pm, George > wrote:
>>>>>> On 4/12/2012 5:43 AM, Zerkon wrote:

>>
>>>>>>> In article<qdydnaX0Os30yRvSnZ2dnUVZ5h2dn...@giganews. com>,
>>>>>>> says...
>>>>>>>> Other species don't give any consideration to the interests of
>>>>>>>> individual members of different species.

>>
>>>>>>> Not correct. Ants herd, 'milk' and protect aphids. It's a great
>>>>>>> assumption either way if this is defined as some aspect of "giving
>>>>>>> consideration" however the associated behaviors humans regard as such
>>>>>>> are still proved fact so a denial that a sense of consideration is
>>>>>>> present can not be arrived at logically.

>>
>>>>>> That's not the kind of consideration being prescribe by "ar" passivists.
>>>>>> They advocate that humans cause no harm to animals, or allow no harm
>>>>>> to happen, that they would not cause or allow to happen to a human. We
>>>>>> don't morally allow painful medical experimentation and testing to be
>>>>>> done on humans, so they say we shouldn't do it with animal subjects
>>>>>> either. No animals give that kind of consideration.

>>
>>>>>>> Symbiotic relationships permeate many if not all forms of life. For
>>>>>>> instance, no one can claim certainty that one of the hundreds of species
>>>>>>> of micro-organisms living inside each human that enable humans to live
>>>>>>> are not "giving consideration to the interests" of their host.

>>
>>>>>> That's not moral consideration.

>>
>>>>>>> Do you have a dog?

>>
>>>>>> Yes. I do give moral consideration to her interests, but not as much as
>>>>>> I give to the interests of my son. The "ar" passivists say I should
>>>>>> give the dog's interests equal consideration to those of my son, and no
>>>>>> more consideration to my son's than to any other person's or other
>>>>>> animals. But it doesn't work that way. If I arrive to pick my son up
>>>>>> from school and find the school is on fire and my son and another child
>>>>>> are in the classroom, and I have an opportunity to rescue one child
>>>>>> only, then I'm afraid little Billy's parents are going to be grieving
>>>>>> while I tuck my son safely in his bed that evening. That's just how it is.

>>
>>>>> That's a straw man.

>>
>>>> No, it isn't. You claim that I should give equal moral consideration to
>>>> the interests of all subject-of-a-life beings. It's bullshit, of
>>>> course, but that's your claim.

>>
>>> It does not follow from this claim that you are not morally entitled
>>> to rescue your son in the circumstances you described. The principle
>>> of equal consideration is consistent with special ties.

>>
>> Special ties like species membership, perhaps?

>
> You could try to defend the claim that that's a morally significant
> "special tie" if you wished. My claim has only ever been that that
> does indeed require some argument, that the burden of proof is on the
> speciesist. And you would have to explain why the racist is not
> entitled to claim special ties based on race.


So within a species, it is permissible to give special consideration to
the interests of my child ahead of the interests of an unrelated child
because of kinship. The other child has the same interest in food,
shelter, safety, etc., but you say the default position is that I can
give the interests of my child absolute priority over the interests of
the other child because of kinship. So...why not the kinship of race?

The bullshit analogy between "speciesism" and racism, of course, does
not hold, for reasons that I've given that you cannot refute. First,
members of another race generally have whatever morally relevant factor
(MRF) one might use to say one is eligible for inclusion. Second, those
members are themselves capable of articulating their eligibility, and
have done so. Neither is the case with animals. No non-human animal
has either the actuality or the potential to be a moral agent.

You're just ****ed. The bullshit sophism of the "ar"/"al" mob is destroyed.
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On Apr 18, 11:00*pm, George Plimpton > wrote:
> On 4/18/2012 10:44 AM, Rupert wrote:
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> > On Apr 18, 5:12 pm, George > *wrote:
> >> On 4/18/2012 5:55 AM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>> On Apr 18, 1:29 am, George > * *wrote:
> >>>> On 4/17/2012 2:00 PM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>>>> On Apr 12, 4:16 pm, George > * * *wrote:
> >>>>>> On 4/12/2012 5:43 AM, Zerkon wrote:

>
> >>>>>>> In article<qdydnaX0Os30yRvSnZ2dnUVZ5h2dn...@giganews. com>,
> >>>>>>> says...
> >>>>>>>> Other species don't give any consideration to the interests of
> >>>>>>>> individual members of different species.

>
> >>>>>>> Not correct. Ants herd, 'milk' and protect aphids. It's a great
> >>>>>>> assumption either way if this is defined as some aspect of "giving
> >>>>>>> consideration" however the associated behaviors humans regard as such
> >>>>>>> are still proved fact so a denial that a sense of consideration is
> >>>>>>> present can not be arrived at logically.

>
> >>>>>> That's not the kind of consideration being prescribe by "ar" passivists.
> >>>>>> * * *They advocate that humans cause no harm to animals, or allow no harm
> >>>>>> to happen, that they would not cause or allow to happen to a human.. *We
> >>>>>> don't morally allow painful medical experimentation and testing to be
> >>>>>> done on humans, so they say we shouldn't do it with animal subjects
> >>>>>> either. *No animals give that kind of consideration.

>
> >>>>>>> Symbiotic relationships permeate many if not all forms of life. For
> >>>>>>> instance, no one can claim certainty that one of the hundreds of species
> >>>>>>> of micro-organisms living inside each human that enable humans to live
> >>>>>>> are not "giving consideration to the interests" of their host.

>
> >>>>>> That's not moral consideration.

>
> >>>>>>> Do you have a dog?

>
> >>>>>> Yes. *I do give moral consideration to her interests, but not as much as
> >>>>>> I give to the interests of my son. *The "ar" passivists say I should
> >>>>>> give the dog's interests equal consideration to those of my son, and no
> >>>>>> more consideration to my son's than to any other person's or other
> >>>>>> animals. *But it doesn't work that way. *If I arrive to pick my son up
> >>>>>> from school and find the school is on fire and my son and another child
> >>>>>> are in the classroom, and I have an opportunity to rescue one child
> >>>>>> only, then I'm afraid little Billy's parents are going to be grieving
> >>>>>> while I tuck my son safely in his bed that evening. *That's just how it is.

>
> >>>>> That's a straw man.

>
> >>>> No, it isn't. *You claim that I should give equal moral consideration to
> >>>> the interests of all subject-of-a-life beings. *It's bullshit, of
> >>>> course, but that's your claim.

>
> >>> It does not follow from this claim that you are not morally entitled
> >>> to rescue your son in the circumstances you described. The principle
> >>> of equal consideration is consistent with special ties.

>
> >> Special ties like species membership, perhaps?

>
> > You could try to defend the claim that that's a morally significant
> > "special tie" if you wished. My claim has only ever been that that
> > does indeed require some argument, that the burden of proof is on the
> > speciesist. And you would have to explain why the racist is not
> > entitled to claim special ties based on race.

>
> So within a species, it is permissible to give special consideration to
> the interests of my child ahead of the interests of an unrelated child
> because of kinship. *The other child has the same interest in food,
> shelter, safety, etc., but you say the default position is that I can
> give the interests of my child absolute priority over the interests of
> the other child because of kinship. *So...why not the kinship of race?
>
> The bullshit analogy between "speciesism" and racism, of course, does
> not hold, for reasons that I've given that you cannot refute. *First,
> members of another race generally have whatever morally relevant factor
> (MRF) one might use to say one is eligible for inclusion. *Second, those
> members are themselves capable of articulating their eligibility, and
> have done so. *Neither is the case with animals. *No non-human animal
> has either the actuality or the potential to be a moral agent.
>
> You're just ****ed. *The bullshit sophism of the "ar"/"al" mob is destroyed.


For a relevant comparison you would have to look at those humans who
lack moral agency, and ask whether the criteria of species membership
or race membership are relevant to determining their moral status.
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On 4/19/2012 4:27 AM, Rupert wrote:
> On Apr 18, 11:00 pm, George > wrote:
>> On 4/18/2012 10:44 AM, Rupert wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>> On Apr 18, 5:12 pm, George > wrote:
>>>> On 4/18/2012 5:55 AM, Rupert wrote:

>>
>>>>> On Apr 18, 1:29 am, George > wrote:
>>>>>> On 4/17/2012 2:00 PM, Rupert wrote:

>>
>>>>>>> On Apr 12, 4:16 pm, George > wrote:
>>>>>>>> On 4/12/2012 5:43 AM, Zerkon wrote:

>>
>>>>>>>>> In article<qdydnaX0Os30yRvSnZ2dnUVZ5h2dn...@giganews. com>,
>>>>>>>>> says...
>>>>>>>>>> Other species don't give any consideration to the interests of
>>>>>>>>>> individual members of different species.

>>
>>>>>>>>> Not correct. Ants herd, 'milk' and protect aphids. It's a great
>>>>>>>>> assumption either way if this is defined as some aspect of "giving
>>>>>>>>> consideration" however the associated behaviors humans regard as such
>>>>>>>>> are still proved fact so a denial that a sense of consideration is
>>>>>>>>> present can not be arrived at logically.

>>
>>>>>>>> That's not the kind of consideration being prescribe by "ar" passivists.
>>>>>>>> They advocate that humans cause no harm to animals, or allow no harm
>>>>>>>> to happen, that they would not cause or allow to happen to a human. We
>>>>>>>> don't morally allow painful medical experimentation and testing to be
>>>>>>>> done on humans, so they say we shouldn't do it with animal subjects
>>>>>>>> either. No animals give that kind of consideration.

>>
>>>>>>>>> Symbiotic relationships permeate many if not all forms of life. For
>>>>>>>>> instance, no one can claim certainty that one of the hundreds of species
>>>>>>>>> of micro-organisms living inside each human that enable humans to live
>>>>>>>>> are not "giving consideration to the interests" of their host.

>>
>>>>>>>> That's not moral consideration.

>>
>>>>>>>>> Do you have a dog?

>>
>>>>>>>> Yes. I do give moral consideration to her interests, but not as much as
>>>>>>>> I give to the interests of my son. The "ar" passivists say I should
>>>>>>>> give the dog's interests equal consideration to those of my son, and no
>>>>>>>> more consideration to my son's than to any other person's or other
>>>>>>>> animals. But it doesn't work that way. If I arrive to pick my son up
>>>>>>>> from school and find the school is on fire and my son and another child
>>>>>>>> are in the classroom, and I have an opportunity to rescue one child
>>>>>>>> only, then I'm afraid little Billy's parents are going to be grieving
>>>>>>>> while I tuck my son safely in his bed that evening. That's just how it is.

>>
>>>>>>> That's a straw man.

>>
>>>>>> No, it isn't. You claim that I should give equal moral consideration to
>>>>>> the interests of all subject-of-a-life beings. It's bullshit, of
>>>>>> course, but that's your claim.

>>
>>>>> It does not follow from this claim that you are not morally entitled
>>>>> to rescue your son in the circumstances you described. The principle
>>>>> of equal consideration is consistent with special ties.

>>
>>>> Special ties like species membership, perhaps?

>>
>>> You could try to defend the claim that that's a morally significant
>>> "special tie" if you wished. My claim has only ever been that that
>>> does indeed require some argument, that the burden of proof is on the
>>> speciesist. And you would have to explain why the racist is not
>>> entitled to claim special ties based on race.

>>
>> So within a species, it is permissible to give special consideration to
>> the interests of my child ahead of the interests of an unrelated child
>> because of kinship. The other child has the same interest in food,
>> shelter, safety, etc., but you say the default position is that I can
>> give the interests of my child absolute priority over the interests of
>> the other child because of kinship. So...why not the kinship of race?
>>
>> The bullshit analogy between "speciesism" and racism, of course, does
>> not hold, for reasons that I've given that you cannot refute. First,
>> members of another race generally have whatever morally relevant factor
>> (MRF) one might use to say one is eligible for inclusion. Second, those
>> members are themselves capable of articulating their eligibility, and
>> have done so. Neither is the case with animals. No non-human animal
>> has either the actuality or the potential to be a moral agent.
>>
>> You're just ****ed. The bullshit sophism of the "ar"/"al" mob is destroyed.

>
> For a relevant comparison you would have to look at those humans who
> lack moral agency, and ask whether the criteria of species membership
> or race membership are relevant to determining their moral status.


No, I don't. The AMC is simply demolished. It doesn't work to do
anything; that's why the recitation of it is always done so rote.

You and the rest of your radical violence-prone mob have said that any
entity with a welfare deserves equal consideration of its interests to
any other entity, yet you're trying to waffle and show how I can give
some entities' interests higher priority. You're ****ing incoherent.

*YOU* are the one who doesn't understand this.
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On Apr 19, 4:51*pm, George Plimpton > wrote:
> On 4/19/2012 4:27 AM, Rupert wrote:
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> > On Apr 18, 11:00 pm, George > *wrote:
> >> On 4/18/2012 10:44 AM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>> On Apr 18, 5:12 pm, George > * *wrote:
> >>>> On 4/18/2012 5:55 AM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>>>> On Apr 18, 1:29 am, George > * * *wrote:
> >>>>>> On 4/17/2012 2:00 PM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>>>>>> On Apr 12, 4:16 pm, George > * * * *wrote:
> >>>>>>>> On 4/12/2012 5:43 AM, Zerkon wrote:

>
> >>>>>>>>> In article<qdydnaX0Os30yRvSnZ2dnUVZ5h2dn...@giganews. com>,
> >>>>>>>>> says...
> >>>>>>>>>> Other species don't give any consideration to the interests of
> >>>>>>>>>> individual members of different species.

>
> >>>>>>>>> Not correct. Ants herd, 'milk' and protect aphids. It's a great
> >>>>>>>>> assumption either way if this is defined as some aspect of "giving
> >>>>>>>>> consideration" however the associated behaviors humans regard as such
> >>>>>>>>> are still proved fact so a denial that a sense of consideration is
> >>>>>>>>> present can not be arrived at logically.

>
> >>>>>>>> That's not the kind of consideration being prescribe by "ar" passivists.
> >>>>>>>> * * * They advocate that humans cause no harm to animals, or allow no harm
> >>>>>>>> to happen, that they would not cause or allow to happen to a human. *We
> >>>>>>>> don't morally allow painful medical experimentation and testing to be
> >>>>>>>> done on humans, so they say we shouldn't do it with animal subjects
> >>>>>>>> either. *No animals give that kind of consideration.

>
> >>>>>>>>> Symbiotic relationships permeate many if not all forms of life. For
> >>>>>>>>> instance, no one can claim certainty that one of the hundreds of species
> >>>>>>>>> of micro-organisms living inside each human that enable humans to live
> >>>>>>>>> are not "giving consideration to the interests" of their host.

>
> >>>>>>>> That's not moral consideration.

>
> >>>>>>>>> Do you have a dog?

>
> >>>>>>>> Yes. *I do give moral consideration to her interests, but not as much as
> >>>>>>>> I give to the interests of my son. *The "ar" passivists say I should
> >>>>>>>> give the dog's interests equal consideration to those of my son, and no
> >>>>>>>> more consideration to my son's than to any other person's or other
> >>>>>>>> animals. *But it doesn't work that way. *If I arrive to pick my son up
> >>>>>>>> from school and find the school is on fire and my son and another child
> >>>>>>>> are in the classroom, and I have an opportunity to rescue one child
> >>>>>>>> only, then I'm afraid little Billy's parents are going to be grieving
> >>>>>>>> while I tuck my son safely in his bed that evening. *That's just how it is.

>
> >>>>>>> That's a straw man.

>
> >>>>>> No, it isn't. *You claim that I should give equal moral consideration to
> >>>>>> the interests of all subject-of-a-life beings. *It's bullshit, of
> >>>>>> course, but that's your claim.

>
> >>>>> It does not follow from this claim that you are not morally entitled
> >>>>> to rescue your son in the circumstances you described. The principle
> >>>>> of equal consideration is consistent with special ties.

>
> >>>> Special ties like species membership, perhaps?

>
> >>> You could try to defend the claim that that's a morally significant
> >>> "special tie" if you wished. My claim has only ever been that that
> >>> does indeed require some argument, that the burden of proof is on the
> >>> speciesist. And you would have to explain why the racist is not
> >>> entitled to claim special ties based on race.

>
> >> So within a species, it is permissible to give special consideration to
> >> the interests of my child ahead of the interests of an unrelated child
> >> because of kinship. *The other child has the same interest in food,
> >> shelter, safety, etc., but you say the default position is that I can
> >> give the interests of my child absolute priority over the interests of
> >> the other child because of kinship. *So...why not the kinship of race?

>
> >> The bullshit analogy between "speciesism" and racism, of course, does
> >> not hold, for reasons that I've given that you cannot refute. *First,
> >> members of another race generally have whatever morally relevant factor
> >> (MRF) one might use to say one is eligible for inclusion. *Second, those
> >> members are themselves capable of articulating their eligibility, and
> >> have done so. *Neither is the case with animals. *No non-human animal
> >> has either the actuality or the potential to be a moral agent.

>
> >> You're just ****ed. *The bullshit sophism of the "ar"/"al" mob is destroyed.

>
> > For a relevant comparison you would have to look at those humans who
> > lack moral agency, and ask whether the criteria of species membership
> > or race membership are relevant to determining their moral status.

>
> No, I don't.


Yes, you do.

> The AMC is simply demolished. *It doesn't work to do
> anything; that's why the recitation of it is always done so rote.
>
> You and the rest of your radical violence-prone mob have said that any
> entity with a welfare deserves equal consideration of its interests to
> any other entity, yet you're trying to waffle and show how I can give
> some entities' interests higher priority. *You're ****ing incoherent.
>


No-one I associate with is prone to violence. There is nothing
incoherent about the position I have put forward.

> *YOU* are the one who doesn't understand this.


Wrong.


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On 4/19/2012 1:53 PM, Rupert wrote:
> On Apr 19, 4:51 pm, George > wrote:
>> On 4/19/2012 4:27 AM, Rupert wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>> On Apr 18, 11:00 pm, George > wrote:
>>>> On 4/18/2012 10:44 AM, Rupert wrote:

>>
>>>>> On Apr 18, 5:12 pm, George > wrote:
>>>>>> On 4/18/2012 5:55 AM, Rupert wrote:

>>
>>>>>>> On Apr 18, 1:29 am, George > wrote:
>>>>>>>> On 4/17/2012 2:00 PM, Rupert wrote:

>>
>>>>>>>>> On Apr 12, 4:16 pm, George > wrote:
>>>>>>>>>> On 4/12/2012 5:43 AM, Zerkon wrote:

>>
>>>>>>>>>>> In article<qdydnaX0Os30yRvSnZ2dnUVZ5h2dn...@giganews. com>,
>>>>>>>>>>> says...
>>>>>>>>>>>> Other species don't give any consideration to the interests of
>>>>>>>>>>>> individual members of different species.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>> Not correct. Ants herd, 'milk' and protect aphids. It's a great
>>>>>>>>>>> assumption either way if this is defined as some aspect of "giving
>>>>>>>>>>> consideration" however the associated behaviors humans regard as such
>>>>>>>>>>> are still proved fact so a denial that a sense of consideration is
>>>>>>>>>>> present can not be arrived at logically.

>>
>>>>>>>>>> That's not the kind of consideration being prescribe by "ar" passivists.
>>>>>>>>>> They advocate that humans cause no harm to animals, or allow no harm
>>>>>>>>>> to happen, that they would not cause or allow to happen to a human. We
>>>>>>>>>> don't morally allow painful medical experimentation and testing to be
>>>>>>>>>> done on humans, so they say we shouldn't do it with animal subjects
>>>>>>>>>> either. No animals give that kind of consideration.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>> Symbiotic relationships permeate many if not all forms of life. For
>>>>>>>>>>> instance, no one can claim certainty that one of the hundreds of species
>>>>>>>>>>> of micro-organisms living inside each human that enable humans to live
>>>>>>>>>>> are not "giving consideration to the interests" of their host.

>>
>>>>>>>>>> That's not moral consideration.

>>
>>>>>>>>>>> Do you have a dog?

>>
>>>>>>>>>> Yes. I do give moral consideration to her interests, but not as much as
>>>>>>>>>> I give to the interests of my son. The "ar" passivists say I should
>>>>>>>>>> give the dog's interests equal consideration to those of my son, and no
>>>>>>>>>> more consideration to my son's than to any other person's or other
>>>>>>>>>> animals. But it doesn't work that way. If I arrive to pick my son up
>>>>>>>>>> from school and find the school is on fire and my son and another child
>>>>>>>>>> are in the classroom, and I have an opportunity to rescue one child
>>>>>>>>>> only, then I'm afraid little Billy's parents are going to be grieving
>>>>>>>>>> while I tuck my son safely in his bed that evening. That's just how it is.

>>
>>>>>>>>> That's a straw man.

>>
>>>>>>>> No, it isn't. You claim that I should give equal moral consideration to
>>>>>>>> the interests of all subject-of-a-life beings. It's bullshit, of
>>>>>>>> course, but that's your claim.

>>
>>>>>>> It does not follow from this claim that you are not morally entitled
>>>>>>> to rescue your son in the circumstances you described. The principle
>>>>>>> of equal consideration is consistent with special ties.

>>
>>>>>> Special ties like species membership, perhaps?

>>
>>>>> You could try to defend the claim that that's a morally significant
>>>>> "special tie" if you wished. My claim has only ever been that that
>>>>> does indeed require some argument, that the burden of proof is on the
>>>>> speciesist. And you would have to explain why the racist is not
>>>>> entitled to claim special ties based on race.

>>
>>>> So within a species, it is permissible to give special consideration to
>>>> the interests of my child ahead of the interests of an unrelated child
>>>> because of kinship. The other child has the same interest in food,
>>>> shelter, safety, etc., but you say the default position is that I can
>>>> give the interests of my child absolute priority over the interests of
>>>> the other child because of kinship. So...why not the kinship of race?

>>
>>>> The bullshit analogy between "speciesism" and racism, of course, does
>>>> not hold, for reasons that I've given that you cannot refute. First,
>>>> members of another race generally have whatever morally relevant factor
>>>> (MRF) one might use to say one is eligible for inclusion. Second, those
>>>> members are themselves capable of articulating their eligibility, and
>>>> have done so. Neither is the case with animals. No non-human animal
>>>> has either the actuality or the potential to be a moral agent.

>>
>>>> You're just ****ed. The bullshit sophism of the "ar"/"al" mob is destroyed.

>>
>>> For a relevant comparison you would have to look at those humans who
>>> lack moral agency, and ask whether the criteria of species membership
>>> or race membership are relevant to determining their moral status.

>>
>> No, I don't.

>
> Yes, you do.


Nope - I don't.


>> The AMC is simply demolished. It doesn't work to do
>> anything; that's why the recitation of it is always done so rote.
>>
>> You and the rest of your radical violence-prone mob have said that any
>> entity with a welfare deserves equal consideration of its interests to
>> any other entity, yet you're trying to waffle and show how I can give
>> some entities' interests higher priority. You're ****ing incoherent.
>>

>
> No-one I associate with is prone to violence.


That's a lie.


> There is nothing
> incoherent about the position I have put forward.


There is. You just recite, in a rote manner, that AMC is a sort of
magical sword. It isn't - it fails.

I've noticed that when that professional pro-"ar" agitator Nobis starts
out mentioning AMC, he says it as if it's just obvious that it's a
nuclear weapon against wooden spears:

If you have problems with the concept of a 'right,' you can also
think of this position as being equivalent to the following
proposition: 'It is morally wrong to kill animals and make them
suffer except in self-defense.' The most powerful argument for
this conclusion is the Argument from Marginal Cases.

So-called 'marginal cases' are humans who lack the ability to
reason or be held accountable for their actions but who are still
considered part of the moral community and have a right not to be
killed or made to suffer except in self-defense. (Philosophers
also call such people moral patients.) This argument is so crucial
to the animal rights debate that one philosopher, Daniel A.
Dombrowski, has written a whole book about it called Babies and
Beasts: The Argument from Marginal Cases.

I have never heard a satisfactory response to this stunning argument.


The only thing "stunning" about it is how wrong it is. Note that he
doesn't suggest there might be a counterargument to it, which of course
is the argument from species normality - an argument the "aras" plainly
do *not* understand.

>> *YOU* are the one who doesn't understand this.

>
> Wrong.


Nope - I'm right again. It's getting to be a habit.

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On Apr 20, 2:02*am, George Plimpton > wrote:
> On 4/19/2012 1:53 PM, Rupert wrote:
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> > On Apr 19, 4:51 pm, George > *wrote:
> >> On 4/19/2012 4:27 AM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>> On Apr 18, 11:00 pm, George > * *wrote:
> >>>> On 4/18/2012 10:44 AM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>>>> On Apr 18, 5:12 pm, George > * * *wrote:
> >>>>>> On 4/18/2012 5:55 AM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>>>>>> On Apr 18, 1:29 am, George > * * * *wrote:
> >>>>>>>> On 4/17/2012 2:00 PM, Rupert wrote:

>
> >>>>>>>>> On Apr 12, 4:16 pm, George > * * * * *wrote:
> >>>>>>>>>> On 4/12/2012 5:43 AM, Zerkon wrote:

>
> >>>>>>>>>>> In article<qdydnaX0Os30yRvSnZ2dnUVZ5h2dn...@giganews. com>,
> >>>>>>>>>>> says...
> >>>>>>>>>>>> Other species don't give any consideration to the interests of
> >>>>>>>>>>>> individual members of different species.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>> Not correct. Ants herd, 'milk' and protect aphids. It's a great
> >>>>>>>>>>> assumption either way if this is defined as some aspect of "giving
> >>>>>>>>>>> consideration" however the associated behaviors humans regard as such
> >>>>>>>>>>> are still proved fact so a denial that a sense of consideration is
> >>>>>>>>>>> present can not be arrived at logically.

>
> >>>>>>>>>> That's not the kind of consideration being prescribe by "ar" passivists.
> >>>>>>>>>> * * * *They advocate that humans cause no harm to animals, or allow no harm
> >>>>>>>>>> to happen, that they would not cause or allow to happen to a human. *We
> >>>>>>>>>> don't morally allow painful medical experimentation and testing to be
> >>>>>>>>>> done on humans, so they say we shouldn't do it with animal subjects
> >>>>>>>>>> either. *No animals give that kind of consideration.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>> Symbiotic relationships permeate many if not all forms of life. For
> >>>>>>>>>>> instance, no one can claim certainty that one of the hundreds of species
> >>>>>>>>>>> of micro-organisms living inside each human that enable humans to live
> >>>>>>>>>>> are not "giving consideration to the interests" of their host..

>
> >>>>>>>>>> That's not moral consideration.

>
> >>>>>>>>>>> Do you have a dog?

>
> >>>>>>>>>> Yes. *I do give moral consideration to her interests, but not as much as
> >>>>>>>>>> I give to the interests of my son. *The "ar" passivists say I should
> >>>>>>>>>> give the dog's interests equal consideration to those of my son, and no
> >>>>>>>>>> more consideration to my son's than to any other person's or other
> >>>>>>>>>> animals. *But it doesn't work that way. *If I arrive to pick my son up
> >>>>>>>>>> from school and find the school is on fire and my son and another child
> >>>>>>>>>> are in the classroom, and I have an opportunity to rescue one child
> >>>>>>>>>> only, then I'm afraid little Billy's parents are going to be grieving
> >>>>>>>>>> while I tuck my son safely in his bed that evening. *That's just how it is.

>
> >>>>>>>>> That's a straw man.

>
> >>>>>>>> No, it isn't. *You claim that I should give equal moral consideration to
> >>>>>>>> the interests of all subject-of-a-life beings. *It's bullshit, of
> >>>>>>>> course, but that's your claim.

>
> >>>>>>> It does not follow from this claim that you are not morally entitled
> >>>>>>> to rescue your son in the circumstances you described. The principle
> >>>>>>> of equal consideration is consistent with special ties.

>
> >>>>>> Special ties like species membership, perhaps?

>
> >>>>> You could try to defend the claim that that's a morally significant
> >>>>> "special tie" if you wished. My claim has only ever been that that
> >>>>> does indeed require some argument, that the burden of proof is on the
> >>>>> speciesist. And you would have to explain why the racist is not
> >>>>> entitled to claim special ties based on race.

>
> >>>> So within a species, it is permissible to give special consideration to
> >>>> the interests of my child ahead of the interests of an unrelated child
> >>>> because of kinship. *The other child has the same interest in food,
> >>>> shelter, safety, etc., but you say the default position is that I can
> >>>> give the interests of my child absolute priority over the interests of
> >>>> the other child because of kinship. *So...why not the kinship of race?

>
> >>>> The bullshit analogy between "speciesism" and racism, of course, does
> >>>> not hold, for reasons that I've given that you cannot refute. *First,
> >>>> members of another race generally have whatever morally relevant factor
> >>>> (MRF) one might use to say one is eligible for inclusion. *Second, those
> >>>> members are themselves capable of articulating their eligibility, and
> >>>> have done so. *Neither is the case with animals. *No non-human animal
> >>>> has either the actuality or the potential to be a moral agent.

>
> >>>> You're just ****ed. *The bullshit sophism of the "ar"/"al" mob is destroyed.

>
> >>> For a relevant comparison you would have to look at those humans who
> >>> lack moral agency, and ask whether the criteria of species membership
> >>> or race membership are relevant to determining their moral status.

>
> >> No, I don't.

>
> > Yes, you do.

>
> Nope - I don't.
>


Much joy may this belief bring you.

> >> The AMC is simply demolished. *It doesn't work to do
> >> anything; that's why the recitation of it is always done so rote.

>
> >> You and the rest of your radical violence-prone mob have said that any
> >> entity with a welfare deserves equal consideration of its interests to
> >> any other entity, yet you're trying to waffle and show how I can give
> >> some entities' interests higher priority. *You're ****ing incoherent..

>
> > No-one I associate with is prone to violence.

>
> That's a lie.
>


No, of course it's not a lie, the people I associate with are not
violent people, apart from you who once fantasised about smashing your
fist into my face.

> > There is nothing
> > incoherent about the position I have put forward.

>
> There is. *You just recite, in a rote manner, that AMC is a sort of
> magical sword. *It isn't - it fails.
>
> I've noticed that when that professional pro-"ar" agitator Nobis starts
> out mentioning AMC, he says it as if it's just obvious that it's a
> nuclear weapon against wooden spears:
>
> * * * If you have problems with the concept of a 'right,' you can also
> * * * think of this position as being equivalent to the following
> * * * proposition: 'It is morally wrong to kill animals and make them
> * * * suffer except in self-defense.' The most powerful argument for
> * * * this conclusion is the Argument from Marginal Cases.
>
> * * * So-called 'marginal cases' are humans who lack the ability to
> * * * reason or be held accountable for their actions but who are still
> * * * considered part of the moral community and have a right not to be
> * * * killed or made to suffer except in self-defense. (Philosophers
> * * * also call such people moral patients.) This argument is so crucial
> * * * to the animal rights debate that one philosopher, Daniel A.
> * * * Dombrowski, has written a whole book about it called Babies and
> * * * Beasts: The Argument from Marginal Cases.
>
> * * * I have never heard a satisfactory response to this stunning argument.
>
> The only thing "stunning" about it is how wrong it is.


You're not quoting Nobis there, that's David Graham.

> Note that he
> doesn't suggest there might be a counterargument to it, which of course
> is the argument from species normality - an argument the "aras" plainly
> do *not* understand.
>


He goes on to discuss the argument from species normality in that same
article you are quoting, which he says is the most important
counterargument.

> >> *YOU* are the one who doesn't understand this.

>
> > Wrong.

>
> Nope - I'm right again. *It's getting to be a habit.


Much joy may this belief bring you.
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On Apr 20, 7:33*am, Rupert > wrote:
> On Apr 20, 2:02*am, George Plimpton > wrote:
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> > On 4/19/2012 1:53 PM, Rupert wrote:

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> > > On Apr 19, 4:51 pm, George > *wrote:
> > >> On 4/19/2012 4:27 AM, Rupert wrote:

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> > >>> On Apr 18, 11:00 pm, George > * *wrote:
> > >>>> On 4/18/2012 10:44 AM, Rupert wrote:

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> > >>>>> On Apr 18, 5:12 pm, George > * * *wrote:
> > >>>>>> On 4/18/2012 5:55 AM, Rupert wrote:

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> > >>>>>>> On Apr 18, 1:29 am, George > * * * *wrote:
> > >>>>>>>> On 4/17/2012 2:00 PM, Rupert wrote:

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> > >>>>>>>>> On Apr 12, 4:16 pm, George > * * * * *wrote:
> > >>>>>>>>>> On 4/12/2012 5:43 AM, Zerkon wrote:

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> > >>>>>>>>>>> In article<qdydnaX0Os30yRvSnZ2dnUVZ5h2dn...@giganews. com>,
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> > >>>>>>>>>>>> Other species don't give any consideration to the interests of
> > >>>>>>>>>>>> individual members of different species.

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> > >>>>>>>>>>> Not correct. Ants herd, 'milk' and protect aphids. It's a great
> > >>>>>>>>>>> assumption either way if this is defined as some aspect of "giving
> > >>>>>>>>>>> consideration" however the associated behaviors humans regard as such
> > >>>>>>>>>>> are still proved fact so a denial that a sense of consideration is
> > >>>>>>>>>>> present can not be arrived at logically.

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> > >>>>>>>>>> That's not the kind of consideration being prescribe by "ar" passivists.
> > >>>>>>>>>> * * * *They advocate that humans cause no harm to animals, or allow no harm
> > >>>>>>>>>> to happen, that they would not cause or allow to happen to a human. *We
> > >>>>>>>>>> don't morally allow painful medical experimentation and testing to be
> > >>>>>>>>>> done on humans, so they say we shouldn't do it with animal subjects
> > >>>>>>>>>> either. *No animals give that kind of consideration.

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> > >>>>>>>>>>> Symbiotic relationships permeate many if not all forms of life. For
> > >>>>>>>>>>> instance, no one can claim certainty that one of the hundreds of species
> > >>>>>>>>>>> of micro-organisms living inside each human that enable humans to live
> > >>>>>>>>>>> are not "giving consideration to the interests" of their host.

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> > >>>>>>>>>> That's not moral consideration.

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> > >>>>>>>>>>> Do you have a dog?

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> > >>>>>>>>>> Yes. *I do give moral consideration to her interests, but not as much as
> > >>>>>>>>>> I give to the interests of my son. *The "ar" passivists say I should
> > >>>>>>>>>> give the dog's interests equal consideration to those of my son, and no
> > >>>>>>>>>> more consideration to my son's than to any other person's or other
> > >>>>>>>>>> animals. *But it doesn't work that way. *If I arrive to pick my son up
> > >>>>>>>>>> from school and find the school is on fire and my son and another child
> > >>>>>>>>>> are in the classroom, and I have an opportunity to rescue one child
> > >>>>>>>>>> only, then I'm afraid little Billy's parents are going to be grieving
> > >>>>>>>>>> while I tuck my son safely in his bed that evening. *That's just how it is.

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> > >>>>>>>>> That's a straw man.

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> > >>>>>>>> No, it isn't. *You claim that I should give equal moral consideration to
> > >>>>>>>> the interests of all subject-of-a-life beings. *It's bullshit, of
> > >>>>>>>> course, but that's your claim.

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> > >>>>>>> It does not follow from this claim that you are not morally entitled
> > >>>>>>> to rescue your son in the circumstances you described. The principle
> > >>>>>>> of equal consideration is consistent with special ties.

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> > >>>>>> Special ties like species membership, perhaps?

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> > >>>>> You could try to defend the claim that that's a morally significant
> > >>>>> "special tie" if you wished. My claim has only ever been that that
> > >>>>> does indeed require some argument, that the burden of proof is on the
> > >>>>> speciesist. And you would have to explain why the racist is not
> > >>>>> entitled to claim special ties based on race.

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> > >>>> So within a species, it is permissible to give special consideration to
> > >>>> the interests of my child ahead of the interests of an unrelated child
> > >>>> because of kinship. *The other child has the same interest in food,
> > >>>> shelter, safety, etc., but you say the default position is that I can
> > >>>> give the interests of my child absolute priority over the interests of
> > >>>> the other child because of kinship. *So...why not the kinship of race?

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> > >>>> The bullshit analogy between "speciesism" and racism, of course, does
> > >>>> not hold, for reasons that I've given that you cannot refute. *First,
> > >>>> members of another race generally have whatever morally relevant factor
> > >>>> (MRF) one might use to say one is eligible for inclusion. *Second, those
> > >>>> members are themselves capable of articulating their eligibility, and
> > >>>> have done so. *Neither is the case with animals. *No non-human animal
> > >>>> has either the actuality or the potential to be a moral agent.

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> > >>>> You're just ****ed. *The bullshit sophism of the "ar"/"al" mob is destroyed.

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> > >>> For a relevant comparison you would have to look at those humans who
> > >>> lack moral agency, and ask whether the criteria of species membership
> > >>> or race membership are relevant to determining their moral status.

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> > >> No, I don't.

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> > > Yes, you do.

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> > Nope - I don't.

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> Much joy may this belief bring you.
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> > >> The AMC is simply demolished. *It doesn't work to do
> > >> anything; that's why the recitation of it is always done so rote.

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> > >> You and the rest of your radical violence-prone mob have said that any
> > >> entity with a welfare deserves equal consideration of its interests to
> > >> any other entity, yet you're trying to waffle and show how I can give
> > >> some entities' interests higher priority. *You're ****ing incoherent.

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On 4/11/2012 10:44 AM, Rupert wrote:
> On Apr 11, 7:15 pm, wrote:
>> The very word itself, if we can hold our noses and call it a word, is
>> disgusting. Most spell-checkers reject it as a properly spelled English
>> word. It's a revolting neologism, coined by sophists.
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>> One of the most obvious defects in the "ar" criticism of so-called
>> "speciesism" is that rather than say what is substantially wrong
>> with it, "ar" passivists instead commit a logical fallacy, what might be
>> called the Guilt by Association or "Bad Company" fallacy. At the very
>> outset of any "ar" condemnation of "speciesism", there is an immediate
>> attempt to link it with racism and sexism, as if that's all that's
>> needed to show that "speciesism" not only is morally wrong but deeply
>> evil. In fact, the very word itself, with its "ism" suffix, is
>> deliberately - I would say cynically - intended to suggest this linkage.
>> There is no escaping the fact that this is a fallacy. If someone is
>> going to say that "speciesism" is wrong, he's going to have to say why
>> it is wrong in its substance.
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>> The comparison, however, is wrong in *its* substance. Not only is it a
>> logical fallacy to condemn "speciesism" simply by comparing it to racism
>> and sexism, but the comparison is false; it doesn't stand up to
>> scrutiny. First of all, putting aside any concern about "marginal
>> cases", there *is* a general morally significant difference between
>> humans and all other species, a difference that is wholly
>> species-dependent. Humans are moral agents; no other animal species
>> contains any moral agents. That is a morally significant difference -
>> so much so, that "ar" passivists say humans are *obliged* to alter their
>> view of animals as a result of it. In other words, "ar" passivists are
>> themselves "speciesist" in condemning "speciesism". The failure of race
>> to be a morally significant separator is too obvious to require much
>> comment. Whatever moral attribute people might want to use as a
>> criterion for discrimination, race does not logically include or exclude
>> an individual. If admission to prestigious universities is to be
>> granted based on high grades and high standardized test scores, then
>> there is no valid reason to exclude someone of any given race if he has
>> sufficiently high scores. We don't need to invoke "marginal cases" to
>> see what's wrong with using race or sex as a discriminating criterion:
>> some, or perhaps even many, members of historically disadvantaged human
>> groups meet the objective criteria for inclusion.
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>> The second way in which the comparison fails is that racial minorities
>> and women are able to advance their own claims that they possess the
>> traits that are supposed to be the criteria for inclusion. In fact, the
>> very act of making their own claim is part of the demonstration that
>> they *do* possess those relevant traits. Other species' members cannot
>> do this - *none* of them.
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>> For these reasons, "speciesism" fails as a criticism of the human use of
>> animals.

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> If you think that moral agency is the crucial morally relevant factor,


The actual status of any individual person as a moral agent is not
determinative of anything. It is the fact that rights pertain to
members of the class that contains all moral agents, most of the members
themselves being or with the potential to become moral agents.

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