Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Richard Dawkins on Cows and Humans

This is from the current TIME magazine cover article, which consists of a debate between Frances Collins and Richard Dawkins. After Dawkins compares the morality of killing human embryos to harvest stem cells with the morality of killing cows for meat, there is this exchange:
Collins: Do humans have a different moral significance than cows in general?
Dawkins: Humans have more moral responsibility perhaps, because they are capable of reasoning.


3 Comments:

At November 08, 2006 8:13 PM, Anonymous Tom Gilson said...

Totally missed the question, didn't he?

 
At November 09, 2006 2:18 PM, Blogger Lawrence Selden said...

Tom, I think his reply clearly suggests that he believes that humans have no greater moral significance than cows.

 
At November 14, 2006 7:37 PM, Blogger stewie said...

He's saying that it's our capability to reason that sets us apart, not magical fairy dust that makes us more special than any other animal.

 

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