Reducing the stature and dignity of human beings to that of animals is the whole project of Darwinism or materialism, whatever you want to call it, in a nutshell.
Egnor he nails it by noting that Shallit, not uniquely, falls victim to the mereological fallacy.
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.
“It is the obscurity of AI that most impairs liberty. We do not know what is being done to us or even what is being done by us.”
“The real worry,” Dembski says, “isn’t that we’ll raise machines to our level, but that we’ll lower humanity to the level of machines.”