Re: Animal Rights

From: Anders Sandberg (
Date: Thu Apr 05 2001 - 11:11:05 MDT

torsdagen den 5 april 2001 01:05 skrev du:
> I have taken this opportunity to get to know the AR folks (some of which
> are represented here: I just
> talked to one of them, who is part of a hunger strike (120 hours for 120
> cats). I am going to attend some of their meetings, though she warned me
> that a university professor had been banished for "offending people." I
> would also like to be a voice of reason in this debate.

One problem is that a voice of reason might not be what they want. Many of
the groups of this kind are more built on shared views, a sense of purpose
and community rather than a rational idea. The more opposition, the better:
then they will be forced to work hard together against the
uncaring/evil/uneducated world, themselves experiencing terrific community.
Logical arguments have little to do with this, they are better at swaying
people not belonging to the dedicated group. Hence a voice of reason will
only affect those not really part of the shared emotions.

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