The example that Professor Cristine Legare proffers is schoolyard bullying.
Continuity with our species does not provide any protection at all. This is because the evolutionary process cannot confer any value on humans — or any other species.
Pinker is right that we should formulate our ideas based on evidence, not bias and preconceptions.
Unfortunately, Pinker’s overweening faith in science as a reliable path to the truth has its own problems.
Shelley’s cautionary tale of a scientific experiment run amok has profound implications for today’s bioethics debates.