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Posted inRaising Freethinkers

The first really hard goodbye

“Daddy!!  Something’s wrong with Max!!”  Erin’s face was a mask of anguish.  “He’s making sounds I’ve never heard before…and he’s laying wrong!” Erin’s guinea pig Max, the first pet that was all her own, was clearly not okay. The vet confirmed an upper respiratory infection the next morning, dispensing a little medicine and not much hope.  […]

Posted inDeep Dive

Who or what is a person? Elephants, A.I., abortion, and personhood

Reading Time: 4 minutes The question of personhood is central to a variety of current controversies. American courts recently considered the question of whether elephants are persons. Google fired an engineer for suggesting that a machine is sentient. And the U.S. Supreme Court argued that Roe v. Wade failed to adequately consider fetal personhood. These disputes involve a conflict […]

Posted inScience

A Pelican Finds His Freedom — Again (LSP #205)

Reading Time: 7 minutes Recently, a Great White Pelican in Ireland found his freedom — again (archive). I loved this story. Who couldn’t empathize with him? Indeed, his attempts to gain freedom seem to have stirred something in his captors, who don’t seem to be in a huge rush to recapture him. Today, Lord Snow Presides over all of us large birds who would rather fly free than stay captured.

Posted inGeneral

The empathy of rats, again

Reading Time: 4 minutes A lot of folks still don’t realize that animals can do quite a few of the things we used to think only humans can do. Empathy is one trait I’ve heard those folks reach for as a human-only trait. Today, let me show you how they’re wrong: rats can, indeed, display the quality of empathy toward other rats.

Posted inGeneral

Animal Rights for the Isle of Man (LSP #183)

Reading Time: 4 minutes Hi and welcome back! Slowly, slowly humanity stumbles toward a brighter future. Legislators on the Isle of Man have proposed a new bill that recognizes five basic rights for animals. Today, Lord Snow Presides over some good news: another corner of our world has recognized the pressing need to grant rights to animals. Human Rights: […]

Posted inScience

Wacky Snails: Life, Uh, Finds a Way (LSP #182)

Reading Time: 7 minutes Hi and welcome back! Lately, biologists have discovered some interesting adaptations in snail life that show us that life — in the cosmic, general sense — often really does find a way. Today, Lord Snow Presides over yet another slap in the face to Creationists. Snails in General. Snails belong to the general classification of invertebrate […]

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