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Comment: Everyone creates arbitrary lines (Score 5, Insightful) 628

by vistic (#46016687) Attached to: 200 Dolphins Await Slaughter In Japan's Taiji Cove

Vegetarianism is about the minimization of cruelty and suffering.

Plant life does not factor into it because they can not suffer. They can’t suffer because they have no nervous system with which to think. They also have no physical mechanisms with which to feel pain. And even if they did, they have no thoughts, so the pain would mean nothing. They have no fear, panic, or sadness. They live, but they live without consciousness. So you can not torture a plant or make it suffer.

On the animal spectrum, not all animals are the same since some animals have small brains and simple thoughts and other animals have complex brains and complex thoughts. At the top of the animal spectrum you have humans with the most complex brains and abstract thoughts and intense sensations of fear. Humans have a high capacity to suffer. On the other end of the spectrum you have animals like spiders with comparatively simple nervous systems and simple thoughts. They have a much smaller capacity to suffer. That’s why it would feel more painful to watch someone rip the legs off a spider than watch someone rip the legs off a cat or horse or chimpanzee. So there’s a spectrum of animals ordered by how self-aware they are and how complex their thinking is: spiders, fish, chickens, ravens, octopus, cats, dogs, pigs, cows, horses, dolphins, gorillas, chimpanzees, humans... roughly something like that. Everyone draws a line on the spectrum, whether consciously or unconsciously, what they are comfortable with. Some people are fine eating fish and chicken, but not pigs and cows. Other people are fine eating pigs and cows, but not chimpanzees, who are almost human. Some people are even fine eating chimpanzees and feel no empathy when they shout and panic. Almost everyone at least agrees that it’s not ok to eat humans. But some people even do that. A vegetarian draws the line at it being not ok to eat any animal.

Some people argue that oysters, despite being animals, are vegetarian. They aren’t, by definition of the word vegetarian, but it is true that the argument for plants applies to oysters. Oysters do not have a central nervous system, no consciousness, and no thoughts. So they can not suffer.

Not all vegetarians are vegetarian for the same reasons. Some people have a spiritual belief that all life is sacred and equal, but that’s not my belief and not something that’s supported by any facts I’ve seen. What I outlined above, though, is simple fact and simple reasoning.

Comment: Re:It's a shame homophobephobes won't see it (Score 1) 732

by vistic (#45349687) Attached to: Movie Review: <em>Ender's Game</em>

Oleophobic phone screens also object to these false "phobias"... it's not like they have a fear of oil.

Speaking of oil... oil molecules object to being called "hydrophobic"... it's not like they're actually scared of water.

Or maybe you don't understand language very well. I suppose you could go to Merriam-Webster's website and search for "-phobia" and read the fascinating ways this suffix is used in the English language, but that's probably too much trouble.

Comment: Re:Who Cares? (Score 1) 1448

by vistic (#44244951) Attached to: Orson Scott Card Pleads 'Tolerance' For <em>Ender's Game</em> Movie

Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia which ruled on anti-miscegenation laws... at that time, mixed-race marriage had less popular support than same-sex marriage does now.

Based on your arguments, I am assuming you disagree with Loving v. Virginia and think it was wrong for the court to force acceptance of people of different races marrying each other.

Sometimes you have to do what's right because its right rather than wait for popular opinion to catch up.

Comment: Re:Except its a lie. (Score 1) 207

by vistic (#43496739) Attached to: Kobo CEO Says Not Selling Washing Machines Key To Overtaking Amazon

I joined Kobo when they had about 50 employees and worked there for a year and a half. They had recently spun-off from Chapters/Indigo and renamed themselves from Shortcovers to Kobo.

The Rakuten acquisition happened shortly after I left, but I imagine the only real impact to Kobo is in terms of having more financial backing and maybe it even helps them partner up with different book retailers in different companies.

I can guarantee washing machines aren't on anyone's mind at Kobo HQ.

Comment: Re:vintage computers (Score 1) 231

by vistic (#40875057) Attached to: Radio Shack's TRS-80 Turns 35

Many models of Color Computer II?

I think there was just one, with maybe a few different options for how much RAM you got.

There were two different looking versions of the original Color Computer though, as I recall, one silver and one beige, with maybe different keyboards. But the Color Computer 2 (roman numerals were for the Apple) looked pretty much like the Color Computer 3.

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