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Elliot Temple on November 21, 2019

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Rather than defend the moral value or general intelligence of animals, many people instead question the moral value or general intelligence of humans (especially babies, senile people, people with low IQs, and other groups that people are bigoted against). I may add nodes to the chart to cover that.

A quick answer to cover most of this is: conversations require creative guesses and criticism to figure out what the other person is saying. Babies listen and think creatively about what people are saying well in advance of babbling. General intelligence means being able to learn anything that can be learned, which is relatively easily visible in discussion because the meanings of sentences have to be figured out by learning. This is explained by Critical Rationalism, e.g. BoI. See also http://fallibleideas.com/communication-is-hard

curi at 8:29 PM on November 21, 2019 | #14517 | reply | quote

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