Makes sense that it could, by proximity of function, alter your brain's perception of other people's pain.
No it doesn't. "proximity of function" is a nonsense phrase. Try explaining that in biological instead of social science terms.
When it comes to products like food (pet or human), the almighty price tag rules...
Yeah, hence the huge number of brands of dog food at $5 a can just because they've got a cute Yorkshire on them and the aisles of "natural" produce. There's a hole in that logic of yours somewhere.
When you can tell your digital home assistant to turn your lights on and off, a toaster that isn't connected will seem out of place.
Then *those* people will buy connected devices. The remaining hundreds of thousands of houses w/o said DHA will not give a crap. How, pray tell, are you going to go about jamming those DHA's into those hundreds of thousands of houses?
The only thing that will help the average person is a European types of policies.
Yes, it's working so well for them. What makes you think it will work any better here?
I just checked WalMart. Their low-end toaster is EIGHT FRIGGIN' DOLLARS. That's for two slices, the four slice model is seventeen. Do you seriously think a toaster with the necessary circuitry and software to connect will cost the same? *Much* less that to gather the data you're implying. Check out the prices of a simple USB wifi connector. Now add that to the price of the low-end two slice model and buy yourself the four slice model w/o wifi.
And so far, all of the major catastrophes on this planet had a devastating effect on whatever animal was the top dog back then. Simply due to them needing vast amounts of resources for survival, and resources being scarce during catastrophic times.
Those vast amounts of resources were prey animals, which we don't require. We are not like those animals. We, for instance, have technology. If we ran around on all fours killing things with our teeth I would agree with you, but we are nowhere near that type of animal.
The cost of feathers has risen, even down is up!