3.24.2002

I'm putting a manuscript to bed and so I'll be brief here. If animals could think we could not read their minds. But of course they do think -- they calculate distances in attacking prey or avoiding becoming prey. What we call instrumental rationality -- the thinking behind going from A to B as quickly, efficiently, and as safely as possible -- is not unique to humans (or engineers). Beyond this we fall into anthropomorphism. I tend toward anthropomorphism as precaution. I would prefer to wrong on the issue then to be responsible for an animal suffering.

Let's think about two-part structures some more. Whenever I hear a philosopher say there are two or three essential points or ways to go, I wonder: Why not five or six?

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