21-07-10 Intelligence and Moral Rights

This week I discuss whether or not “intelligence” or having “human-like qualities” are relevant to whether or not a sentient being has rights. I conclude that sentience is all that is relevant for having basic rights. However, human-like qualities or rational thinking are relevant for rights such as the right to vote, free speech, drink, drive etc. I also read out this recipe for vegan scones:


  • 2 cups self raising flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup of soy milk
  • Just under ¼ cup oil

Whisk the dry ingredients. Mix the wet ingredients, then combine wet and dry. If the dough is too sticky add a little bit more flour. Put on a floured baking tray and cook for 12-15 minutes in an oven heated to 200 degrees Celsius.



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