The Mismeasure of Animals
Posted by TheMismeasure at 12/25/2012
First public release: Dec. 25th, 2012.
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Here's the first paragraph from the creative monograph. ~John Lestat, Ph.D.
As the untold story goes, earth's most-influential modern human mismeasured the intelligence of animals and popularized his underestimations in the bestseller we ought know as The Origin of Species-ism, now applauded by most everyone who should know better as the ur-text of animal rights. As in The Descent of Man, Darwin put in banner lines and chapter heads his plain-as-punch opposite-of-modern-consensus opinion: animals were mostly thoughtless puppets on the control string of instinct, any especially brainy behavior was merely the imitation of an intellect, and human-level mental power was out of the question. Darwin's take on an animal's life in the wild was equally imperceptive: he declared starving to death good for all species, proclaimed full belief that wild animals don't feel fear, and praised his pet theory of Natural Selection for requiring a thousand generations of mortal violence to possibly produce what our Intelligent Selection easily does in breeding two chickens.