Re: Question about PETA....

From: Michael M. Butler (
Date: Sun Feb 18 2001 - 15:02:37 MST

Max More wrote:
> At 11:21 PM 2/17/01, Hal wrote:
> >Actually here in California they are not called pets and owners anymore.
> >Pets are companions and owners are guardians.
> I don't have a problem with that.
> Thinking in terms of varying
> shades of ownership relation should help prepare us for relationships with
> various degrees of machine intelligence.

Also, as long as we continue to increase (or maintain) the respect we
show humans, there's arguably no harm in raising the respect we show
other bioentities.

Where it gets dicey is in the "humansattva" sort of viewpoint: "I hate
the human love squandered on that stinking mutt while x and y and z are
still happening to humans".

I don't have any direct answer to such an utterance, but I did want to
raise it. Comments?

I have a thought about this and Ubiquitous Surveillance which I'll post
as another thread.


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