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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • That article is transparently wrong on several arguments.

    When he brings up endangered species, he fails to consider keys issues:

    1. Wild cows and thoroughbred horses barely exist anymore. The specimen that do exist are effectively organic machines: their contribution of these species to the ecosphere is human-mediated. But it is this contribution of a species to an ecosphere that matters, not the existence of the species as a whole.

    2. A narrow range of species are useful to humans so they have been domest

    • But industry couldn’t be trusted to avert the extinction of species *that had no market value*.

      A deeper criticism along the same lines might ask "Do there exist valuable entities and ideas which reject our ability to attach market prices?" Of course, that's an attack on strict utilitarianism which will start long debates. Good luck avoiding relativism then!

      The premise of using market value to achieve similar goals does have some appeal, however.