I used to be the kind of person to say that I don’t mind what you believe in, as long as you don’t do anything to endanger others. But no more. I’m begining to suspect that there is no such thing as a harmlessly comforting false belief.
“Some people consider themselves to be ‘spiritual’. What does this really mean? Are we all in fact spiritual? Is this term a vague, redundant description?
I don’t see a form of faith that is accurately described as “virtuous”.
When someone says they are ‘spiritual’, all they are really saying is that they are willing to confuse and irritate people.
It is just a bad word. Don’t use it.
“Do Fish Feel Pain?” by Victoria Braithwaite looks at the science, ethics and the future of fish welfare by proving that fish feel pain and what this information means for us.
The consequences of the alternatives must be considered: If not conducting an experiment is likely to lead to the needless death and suffering of uncountable future people, then do we not have an obligation to conduct the experiment?
When most people are faced with the question of why it is alright to harm animals for human benefit (eg for a steak dinner, or for medical science), the most common response I have heard is that it is the intelligence that makes the difference.