Thomas Hills argues that we will accord human-style rights to robots because we will come to empathize with them.
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.
Readers may recall that Barash, of the University of Washington, is the hubristic materialist who intentionally tries to destroy the religious faith of his students.
He thinks we are just a collection of carbon molecules and certainly of no intrinsic value simply and merely because we are human.
A snarky proposal, among others aimed at deflating the idea of humankind’s exceptional place in nature, suggests that our species is really misnamed.