Whether your dog can philosophize is not a puzzle you need to look to the Oxford English Dictionary to resolve.
“The search committee interviewed several apes, three mules, and a tomato plant.”
The error is not completely different from imagining that natural selection really can do what creative intelligence — foresight! — can do.
The wish to demote, punish, and degrade ourselves this way, a neurosis special to our modern culture, is itself, ironically, a tribute to human exceptionalism.
Egnor: “If we are living in a computer simulation, we couldn’t think to ask the question.”