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01.18.2013 , 03:52 PM |
To reverse this discussion and look at it another way, what qualifies someone or something to have sentient rights? Self-awareness? Does that include the mentally retarded? Does that mean that we can/should enslave those who are NOT self-aware? Troubling thought.
Reproduction? Consumption for energy? Breathing? Fire does all these things. This basically degenerates into a discussion of: What is life? We haven't been able to answer that in millenia, I don't think we will answer it here.
It's amazing how loud a dollar can be.
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