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#1. Some discoveries would probably have been delayed, or perhaps not made at all; but many false leads would also not have been pursued, and it is possible that medicine would have developed in a very different and more efficacious direction, emphasizing healthy living rather than cure. In - Author: Peter Singer
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#2. I don't think there's much point in bemoaning the state of the world unless there's some way you can think of to improve it. Otherwise, don't bother writing a book; go and find a tropical island and lie in the sun. - Author: Peter Singer
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#3. Will we rise to the challenge and prove our capacity for genuine altruism by ending our ruthless exploitation of the species in our power, not because we are forced to do so by rebels or terrorists, but because we recognize that our position is morally indefensible? - Author: Peter Singer
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#4. Beginning to reason is like stepping onto an escalator that leads upward and out of sight. Once we take the first step, the distance to be traveled is independent of our will and we cannot know in advance where we shall end. - Author: Peter Singer
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#5. To give preference to the life of a being simply because that being is a member of our species would put us in the same position as racists who give preference to those who are members of their race. - Author: Peter Singer
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#6. I think I get angry when people cause serious suffering or don't alleviate suffering when they could. - Author: Peter Singer
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#7. But I think the majority of cows, and even more so chickens and pigs, are leading pretty miserable lives. - Author: Peter Singer
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#8. It takes twenty-one pounds of protein fed to a calf to produce a single pound of animal protein for humans. We get back less than 5 percent of what we put in. - Author: Peter Singer
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#9. Almost any established decision procedure is better than a resort to force; for when force is used, people get hurt and the desire for retaliation is likely to lead to more violence. Moreover, most decision procedures produce results at least as beneficial and just as a resort to force. - Author: Peter Singer
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#10. I have never really been fond of animals. I certainly wasn't an 'animal lover' when I became involved in the movement. I just came to be persuaded that animals should be treated as independent sentient beings, not as means to human ends. - Author: Peter Singer
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#11. For example, one way of giving yourself a strong incentive to reach your goal is to commit to pay money to someone if you fail. Better yet, you can specify that you will have to pay a certain sum to a cause that you detest. - Author: Peter Singer
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#12. Grain that is used to feed animals that end up on our tables as turkeys and hams could have gone to feed starving people. - Author: Peter Singer
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#13. It is a mistake to assume that the law should always enforce morality. - Author: Peter Singer
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#14. We see things like reciprocity which are fairly central to our view of ethics. But if you're talking about a set of worked-out rules on what we are supposed to do then, yes, it is a human product. - Author: Peter Singer
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#15. It's also much clearer how much damage the occupation of Iraq is doing to America's reputation and prestige around the world; and that's just starting now to hit home in the United States. - Author: Peter Singer
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#16. We are, quite literally, gambling with the future of our planet- for the sake of hamburgers - Author: Peter Singer
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#17. There is a growing movement called effective altruism. It's important because it combines both the heart and the head. - Author: Peter Singer
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#18. In the United States, 97 percent of those classified by the Census Bureau as poor own a color TV. - Author: Peter Singer
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#19. When fish experience something that would cause other animals physical pain, they behave in ways suggestive of pain, and the change in behaviour may last several hours. - Author: Peter Singer
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#20. We are not especially 'interested in' animals. Neither of us had ever been inordinately fond of dogs, cats, or horses in the way that many people are. We didn't 'love' animals. - Author: Peter Singer
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#21. Bush is morally a universalist. For instance, he says the freedom is good, the same thing is good, all over the world. So in that sense he's a universalist. - Author: Peter Singer
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#22. If somebody has an extreme amount of wealth and is not using it for some good purpose, only for their own enjoyment or satisfaction, then clearly there's a moral failing in the world in which we live. - Author: Peter Singer
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#23. The traditional view of the sanctity of human life will collapse under pressure from scientific, technological and demographic developments. - Author: Peter Singer
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#24. The capacity to reason is a special sort of capacity because it can lead us to places that we did not expect to go. - Author: Peter Singer
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#25. What is there about the notion of a person, at law, that makes every living member of the species Homo sapiens a person, irrespective of their mental capacities, but excludes every nonhuman animal - again, irrespective of their mental capacities? - Author: Peter Singer
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#26. I do not believe that it could never be justifiable to experiment on a brain-damaged human. - Author: Peter Singer
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#27. The world would be a much simpler place if one could bring about social change merely by making a logically consistent moral argument. - Author: Peter Singer
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#28. We have examined a number of ethical issues. We have seen that many accepted practices are open to serious objections. What ought we to do about it? This, too, is an ethical issue. - Author: Peter Singer
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#29. I just don't think that the differences you make by donating to a museum or an art gallery really compare to the differences you make by donating to the charities that fight global poverty. - Author: Peter Singer
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#30. Living a minimally acceptable ethical life involves using a substantial part of our spare resources to make the world a better place. Living a fully ethical life involves doing the most good we can. - Author: Peter Singer
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#31. Effective altruists, as we have seen, need not be utilitarians, but they share a number of moral judgments with utilitarians. In particular, they agree with utilitarians that, other things being equal, we ought to do the most good we can. - Author: Peter Singer
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#32. To be a utilitarian means that you judge actions as right or wrong in accordance with whether they have good consequences. So you try to do what will have the best consequences for all of those affected. - Author: Peter Singer
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#33. If we avoid junk foods that are high in sugar or fats and nothing else, about the only way we can fail to get enough protein is if we are on a diet that is insufficient in calories.36 Protein - Author: Peter Singer
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#34. Do business managers have a commitment to anything more than the success of their company and to making money? It would be hard to say that they do. Indeed, many business leaders deny that there is any conflict between self-interest and the interests of all. - Author: Peter Singer
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#35. If we use goods made from raw materials that are obtained from a poor country without the proceeds being used to benefit the people of that country, we become complicit in a particularly iniquitous form of grand larceny. - Author: Peter Singer
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#36. For a long time, rich countries have promised to reduce poverty but have failed to match their words with adequate action. Of course, some important progress has been made and millions of lives have been saved, but millions more could be saved. - Author: Peter Singer
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#37. That's a central part of philosophy, of ethics. What do I owe to strangers? What do I owe to my family? What is it to live a good life? Those are questions which we face as individuals. - Author: Peter Singer
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#38. So, basically, my view is I don't want to support the exploitation of animals, and within reason, I will do what I can to avoid it, but it's not like it's a religion for me. It's not like I consider I'm polluted if somehow some bit of milk or cheese or something passes my lips. - Author: Peter Singer
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#39. If penicillin had been judged by its toxicity to guinea pigs, it might never have been used by man. - Author: Peter Singer
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#40. The unchallenged assumption is that humans may use animals for their own purposes, and they may raise and kill them to satisfy their preference for a diet containing animal flesh. - Author: Peter Singer
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#41. The future of the world depends on how well we meet it. - Author: Peter Singer
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#42. Reason is inherently expansionist. It seeks universal application. - Author: Peter Singer
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#43. The Internet, like the steam engine, is a technological breakthrough that changed the world. - Author: Peter Singer
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#44. Well the real concept of basic needs if you cut it right down are simply the physical needs that are unavoidable for all of us. So to have enough calories to keep our bodies going. Have shelter from extreme elements. To have water that is safe to drink, So I think that's the core of it. - Author: Peter Singer
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#45. The newspapers do little better. Their coverage of nonhuman animals is dominated by "human interest" events like the birth of a baby gorilla at the zoo, or by threats to endangered species; but developments in farming techniques that deprive millions of animals of freedom of movement go unreported. - Author: Peter Singer
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#46. Christian magazine Sojourners, likes to point out that the Bible contains more than three thousand references to alleviating poverty - enough reason, he thinks, for making this a central moral issue for Christians. - Author: Peter Singer
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#47. Several countries - among them Austria, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, India, Israel and Sweden - ban or severely restrict the use of wild animals in circuses. In Brazil, a movement to ban wild animals from circuses started after hungry lions managed to grab and devour a small boy. - Author: Peter Singer
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#48. If we all think only of our own interests, we are headed for collective disaster - just look at what we are doing to our planet's climate. - Author: Peter Singer
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#49. Christianity is our foe. If animal rights is to succeed, we must destroy the Judeo-Christian religious tradition. - Author: Peter Singer
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#50. In the sense that you're not at the centre of power, like a president or prime minister of a major power, everyone is marginalised; my position doesn't isn't unique in that respect. I think there are different sorts of relevance in different contexts. - Author: Peter Singer
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#51. In a situation where many national leaders do the same thing and look out for national interests, and with an issue like global warming, you're likely to get no solution, so I think you have to have some kind of ethical trump on some of those issues. - Author: Peter Singer
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#52. In appropriate circumstances we are justified in using humans to achieve goals (or the goal of assisting animals). - Author: Peter Singer
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#53. The idea that we can actually have an impact on places more or less instantly, too, by responding in some way or not responding, I think, also makes it true. - Author: Peter Singer
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#54. There is no doubt that there is a huge difference between human and nonhuman animals. But what we are overlooking is the fact that nonhuman animals are conscious beings, that they can suffer. - Author: Peter Singer
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#55. We think of dogs as being more like people than pigs; but pigs are highly intelligent animals and if we kept pigs as pets and reared dogs for food, we would probably reverse our order of preference. Are we turning persons into bacon? - Author: Peter Singer
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#56. In the real world, 90% of the money spent on medical research is focused on conditions that are responsible for just 10% of the deaths and disability caused by diseases globally. - Author: Peter Singer
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#57. Yes, I am a good singer. - Author: Peter Tork
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#58. There are plenty of violent people, but for any randomly selected person today the chances of meeting a violent death at the hands of his or her fellow humans is lower now than it has ever been in human history. - Author: Peter Singer
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#59. Pain is pain, and the importance of preventing unnecessary pain and suffering does not diminish because the being that suffers is not a member of our own species. - Author: Peter Singer
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#60. Well I'm not much of a singer. But it's been a really nice time to do film, television, theater and have it all happening at once. That wasn't planned but it just happens. - Author: Peter Krause
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#61. To make sustainable progress in reducing extreme poverty will require improvements in both the quantity and quality of aid. - Author: Peter Singer
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#62. Somebody who eats twice as much factory-farmed products as he or she needs to is clearly doing twice as much damage to the planet. From a utilitarian point of view, that's twice as bad. - Author: Peter Singer
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#63. My own view is that being a vegetarian or vegan is not an end in itself, but a means towards reducing both human and animal suffering and leaving a habitable planet to future generations. - Author: Peter Singer
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#64. There's a difference between early and late abortions. If you have a late abortion, where the fetus might feel pain, then I think you should have a good reason. Because then you're inflicting pain. As you go through the third trimester, you need to have more serious reasons to end a pregnancy. - Author: Peter Singer
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#65. If you are paying for something to drink when safe drinking water comes out of the tap, you have money to spend on things you don't really need. - Author: Peter Singer
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#66. Human decision-making is complex. On our own, our tendency to yield to short-term temptations, and even to addictions, may be too strong for our rational, long-term planning. - Author: Peter Singer
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#67. Ben West points out that even from a selfish perspective, earning to give allows you to have things that people believe make them happy, like money and a high-status job, while still getting the fulfillment that comes from knowing you are helping to make the world a better place. - Author: Peter Singer
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#68. If we can put a man on the moon and sequence the human genome, we should be able to devise something close to a universal digital public library. - Author: Peter Singer
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#69. If you earn a lot of money, you can give away a lot of money. - Author: Peter Singer
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#70. Interest in business ethics courses has surged, and student activities at leading business schools are more focused than ever before on making business serve long-term social values. - Author: Peter Singer
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#71. I don't think there's anything in the compromise that means that there's a clash of ethics. - Author: Peter Singer
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#72. If evolution is a struggle for survival, why hasn't it ruthlessly eliminated altruists, who seem to increase another's prospects of survival at the cost of their own? - Author: Peter Singer
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#73. If doing the most you can for others means that you are also flourishing, then that is the best possible outcome for everyone. - Author: Peter Singer
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#74. Knowing that we can control our own behaviour makes it more likely that we will. - Author: Peter Singer
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#75. We should give the same respect to the lives of animals as we do to the lives of humans. - Author: Peter Singer
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#76. Target groups you care about that other people mostly don't, and take advantage of strategies other people are biased against using. - Author: Peter Singer
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#77. The Pentagon said that these prisoners were kept in accordance with the Geneva Convention, and of course I was not reassured by that, but I couldn't prove that that was wrong; so we're clearer about that. - Author: Peter Singer
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#78. Eliezer Yudkowsky, one of the founders of The Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence, believes that singularity will lead to an "intelligence explosion" as super-intelligent machines design even more intelligent machines, with each generation repeating this process. - Author: Peter Singer
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#79. As this chapter has shown, we are in the midst of an emergency in which appalling suffering is being inflicted on millions of animals for purposes that on any impartial view are obviously inadequate to justify the suffering. - Author: Peter Singer
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#80. When you look at food as an ethical issue in the Christian tradition, you don't find very much about it. You don't find, as you do in the Jewish or Islamic or Hindu traditions, a lot of restrictions saying you can eat this but you can't eat that. - Author: Peter Singer
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#81. There could conceivably be circumstances in which an experiment on an animal stands to reduce suffering so much that it would be permissible to carry it out even if it involved harm to the animal ... [even if] the animal were a human being. - Author: Peter Singer
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#82. Philosophy is not politics, and we do our best, within our all-too-human limitations, to seek the truth, not to score points against opponents. There is little satisfaction in gaining an easy triumph over a weak opponent while ignoring better arguments against your views. - Author: Peter Singer
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#83. I am not saying that factory farming is the same as the Holocaust or the slave trade, but it's clear that there is an immense amount of suffering in it, and just as we think that the Nazis were wrong to ignore the suffering of their victims, so we are wrong to ignore the sufferings of our victims. - Author: Peter Singer
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#84. Ethics is inescapable. - Author: Peter Singer
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#85. There are some circumstances, for example, where the newborn baby is severely disabled and where the parents think that it's better that child should not live, when killing the newborn baby is not at all wrong ... not like killing the chimpanzee would be. - Author: Peter Singer
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#86. Evolution has no moral direction. An evolutionary understanding of human nature can explain the differing intuitions we have when we are faced with an individual rather than with a mass of people, or with people close to us rather than with those far away, but it does not justify those feelings. - Author: Peter Singer
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#87. Almost everybody accepts that some people can be killed. 'The concept of 'brain death' - the belief that people on respirators can legitimately be killed - shows that. - Author: Peter Singer
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#88. In an ideal world, the amount of money we spend on medical research to prevent or cure a disease would be proportional to its seriousness and the number of people who suffer from it. - Author: Peter Singer
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#89. Bush sees the evil as out there in the wider world, residing in people who 'hate freedom'. Look at his immediate response to the pictures of prisoner abuse; this is not what Americans do, these are not our values. - Author: Peter Singer
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#90. When we eat plants, food takes on a different quality. We take from the earth food that is ready for us and does not fight against us as we take it. - Author: Peter Singer
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#91. The prescription of the equality of human beings is not a description of an alleged actual equality among humans: it is a prescription of how we should treat human beings. - Author: Peter Singer
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#92. There is no sense of loss in this transcendence of the quest to satisfy desires that previously seemed so important or of the pleasures that came from their satisfaction, for enlightenment involves detachment from one's desires. - Author: Peter Singer
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#93. What one generation finds ridiculous, the next accepts; and the third shudders when it looks back on what the first did. - Author: Peter Singer
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#94. I'm a Utilitarian, so I don't see the rule against lying as absolute; it's always subject to some overriding utility which may prevent its exercise. - Author: Peter Singer
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#95. An animal experiment cannot be justifiable unless the experiment is so important that the use of a brain-damaged human would be justifiable. - Author: Peter Singer
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#96. I would like us to think about it more explicitly, and not take our intuitions as the given of ethics, but rather to reflect on it, and be more open about the fact that something is an ethical issues and think what we ought to do about it. - Author: Peter Singer
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#97. Robots already perform many functions, from making cars to defusing bombs - or, more menacingly, firing missiles. Children and adults play with toy robots, while vacuum-cleaning robots are sucking up dirt in a growing number of homes and - as evidenced by YouTube videos - entertaining cats. - Author: Peter Singer
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#98. The price we are willing to pay for safety cannot be infinite. It is distasteful to put a price on human life, but the more we spend on safety, the less we will have for our other goals. - Author: Peter Singer
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#99. Why ... is the hunter who shoots a deer for venison subject to more criticism than the person who buys a ham at the supermarket? Overall, it is probably the intensively reared pig who has suffered more. - Author: Peter Singer
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#100. Extreme poverty is not only a condition of unsatisfied material needs. It is often accompanied by a degrading state of powerlessness. - Author: Peter Singer
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