Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Quote of the day

Nick Bostrom:
The horrors of nature in general and of our own nature in particular are so well documented that it is astonishing that somebody as distinguished as Leon Kass should still in this day and age be tempted to rely on the natural as a guide to what is desirable or normatively right. We should be grateful that our ancestors were not swept away by the Kassian sentiment, or we would still be picking lice off each other’s backs.

That last line is great, but Bostrom also seems to be rebutting a strawman version of Kass rather than his actual arguments.

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