Since humans are only the “result of purposeless, as-yet-unidentified physical phenomena,” machine are not in any way blocked from becoming what we are and much, much more.
Whether your dog can philosophize is not a puzzle you need to look to the Oxford English Dictionary to resolve.
You think if Darwinian theory had emerged not in the dark age of the 19th century but in our own woke era, it would be different? No, it wouldn’t.
Apparently orcas are threatened in an area of Canadian waters. The government has suggested voluntary sanctuaries.
I have long believed that “being alive” is the fundamental predicate to possessing even rudimentary intrinsic moral value.