cooran wrote:Absolutely fascinating!
It is really going to raise moral questions in the future.
raising moral questions, especially as regards apes. See, for instance, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_ape_personhood
If you wanted to look at it in a social-political context, you could see it as an extension of the sporadic movement to extend rights from adult males to women, to children, to other ethnic groups (e.g. indigenous Australians were not counted in the census when I was a child and some had no voting rights) and so on - happening at different speeds all around the world.
The question, as in our endless debates over "sentience", is how and where to draw the line.
For my part, I think it's an abuse and corruption of language
to call animals "people" but I would like to see all animals treated with more respect and dignity, however we go about achieving that.