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Animal Intelligence and the Obsolescence of Left Humanism

Steven Best

"In urging systematic conceptual shifts in our views of the natural world and specifically nonhuman animals, this essay also underscores an irony and problem that has received little if any attention. This concerns the gross failures of the Left -- the entire spectrum of positions from Left-liberalism to Marxism to socialism and anarchism -- to engage one of the most significant intellectual convulsions of the modern era, namely, cognitive ethology: the scientific study of animal intelligence, emotions, behaviors, and social life. I claim that because of the atavistic, unenlightened, pre-scientific, and discriminatory views toward nonhuman animals, such as led them to miss some of the most profound scientific and moral revolutions of the era, Leftists cannot regain their place of pride in progressive culture until they jettison their shopworn hierarchical and exploitative views, a process that can be catalyzed by engaging the major themes and findings of ethology."

http://www.inclusivedemocracy.org/journal/vol5/ vol5_no2_best_minding_animals.htm

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