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8. Noam Chomsky made an interesting point about this: "there's a slow expansion of the moral sphere"
Wed Dec 10, 2014, 06:55 PM
Dec 2014

Near the end of this interview (at 21:50) he's asked,
"Do you think we've made any progress as a civilization?"

He answers, yes, and gives several examples:

- at the writing of the constition, half the species - women - were not people, they were property...

- it was as recent as 1975 that the Supreme Court gave women the right to sit on juries...

- until very recently mammals were subjected to just about any experimentation you wanted to do...

- there's a slow expansion of the moral sphere...

He included other examples, I don't have time to transcribe it.

He doesn't talk about Buddhism, but there's a similar process in Buddhism, one's moral sphere expands to include all sentient beings, including cockroaches.

"Noam Chomsky: The Singularity is Science Fiction!"

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