The failure to understand the gulf that separates humans from animals, and humans from machines, is a source of confusion to rival almost any other.
Our brains have vastly more ability than is needed for survival, most notably the capacity for language and abstract thought.
Hammering home the lesson about “our own evolutionary history” was exactly the purpose behind displaying and humiliating an African man with monkeys.
Most media with which I interact on this issue assume that advocating personhood for nature must be a fringe meme.
“Animal standing” would open the courts to lawsuits brought by animals.