What is an 'animal?'
Posted by Longdrive at 01/20/2013
Various 'isms' can get somewhat wooly at the extreme edges. OK, I think that we might all agree that we actively do not want to become consciously involved in exploiting either animals, birds, and fish. Such might even say include germ carrying flies or maggots. But what about bacteria? If we get bad bacteria in our systems we all surely want it out? But what about the exploitation of good bacteria, say in the productiuon of a scar reducer such as 'nattokinase?' Hmmmm........
The really important point is that humans are also members of the animal kingdom. The phrase "humans and animals" is as ill-informed as saying "carrots and vegetables". The phrase is explained by the human illusion of superiority over the other animals (and nature in general) and the ensuing philosophical separation in the minds of humans. I go into detail about this in my third book, "The First ISM".
Some of the cultural definitions are addressed in Dictionaries, and well as the scientific definition.
I go into some detail about this in my last book, "The First ISM".