Author: Denyse O'Leary
Claim: Dogs Can Form “Abstract Concepts”
It’s a good idea to be skeptical when any such claim is followed up with the assertion that humans “aren’t that cognitively unique after all.”
If Octopuses Are So Smart, Should We Eat Them?
We have tended to assume that intelligence rose with the development of a spinal cord and brain (vertebrates), and warmbloodedness (mammals and birds).
Can We Eliminate the Idea of Function from Biology? A Philosopher and a Biologist Want to Try
They propose the term “biological role” instead. Thus, presumably, “the function of teeth is chewing” becomes “the biological role of teeth is chewing.”
Check Their Privilege: Are Squirrels Socially Unjust?
Researchers have long assumed that people think like animals. But now we see that the equation reads the same in reverse: animals think like people.
Engineer: Failing to See His AI Program as a Person Is “Bigotry”
Earlier this month, just in time for the release of Robert J. Marks’s book Non-Computable You, the story broke.