Posted by louis at 10/12/10 10:33:59Melanie Joy has written a book on this 'Why we love dogs, eat pigs and wear cows' and coined the phrase 'Carnism' to encapsulate this belief system.
I have yet to read the book but would be interested to hear the thoughts of any HC members who have perused it.
Posted by Wyrdnight at 02/09/11 04:31:09Interesting, people on the Autistic Spectrum are believed to not have a theory of mind as well. It is also a reason given for a lot of abuse that people on the Autistic Spectrum recieve. Strangely, I know a lot of people on the Autistic Spectrum who are highly moral caring individuals. I have also been lucky to know many animals (cats mostly but some dogs) who have been caring individuals. The idea that people think they don't have feelings, love or the ability to feel pain makes me angry.
The idea that people have used the excuse about the theory of mind to justify all this nasy stuff upsets me a lot.