Charles Darwin always recognized to some extent the problem of removing all vestiges of intelligent causation from evolutionary processes.
Only a special type of being very close to our own biological design could have taken the first and vital step to technological enlightenment, fire-making.
Imagine: pet ownership made a formal legal guardianship complete with enforceable fiduciary duties — that is, if we can have pets at all.
I can write those words. I understand their meaning. But I can’t comprehend such an utter rejection of human exceptionalism.
The issue is known as “animal standing,” and activists want to let beasts sue in court to “break the species barrier.”