Down a rabbit hole with predators and a philosopher

This paper seems meant to raise questions. Likely it does: “Painlessly Killing Predators,” Ben Bramble [pictured here], Journal of Applied Philosophy, epub 2020. (Thanks to Achim Reisdorf for bringing this to our attention.) The author explains: “Animals suffer harms not only in human captivity but in the wild as well. Some of these latter harms are […]

How to Kill People

“How to Kill People” is a TV documentary made in 1960. The underlying theme: how to design weapons that kill people, but — as the occasionally-coughing on-camera host George Nelson, himself an influential product designer, explains — does not murder them. The passing years have added blurrgh-blurrgh-blurrghiness to the sound track: (HT Paola Antonelli) BONUS […]

Detect & remove cadavers from amongst the live objects

As professor William J. Wepfer, of the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology puts things in his ‘Message from the School Chair’ “Today’s mechanical engineers might search the ocean with an underwater observation manipulator; work on developing systems to program robots for manufacturing; or build a prototype of […]

Man is unbearable

“If it’s a choice between grizzlies and humans, the grizzlies have to go. And it’s time,” writes Bryan Fischer in the blog Rightly Concerned, “Of course there is a simple answer: shoot these man-eaters on sight.” His blog describes itself as “a project of The American Family Association.” The American Family Association says that its […]