My response on Aeon
- Well, doesn't this have to be kept in proportion? 100k neurons is not a lot. Presumably everyone who replied looked up Wikipedia (Link)? A fruit-fly has 250k neurons (as has an ant) - should we stop boiling fruit? A cockroach has a million neurons: should we set up sanctuaries for them? The bit about the article I disliked most was the terrible understatement towards the end: "Arguably an even stronger case can be made for octopus, squid ... ". You could say that again, only louder. As the paper points out at the beginning, octopus have 500 million neurons, of the same order as your average moggie. I agree with the "benefit of the doubt" principle, and that a more humane way of dispatching decapods should be sought. But campaigning for animals with a fraction of the computing power of cockroaches risks bringing animal welfarism into disrepute as rampant sentimentality.
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