New England conference on personhood … for non-humans

Can’t make this up. Yale to host conference on non-human personhood. (That article by Michael Cook was originally published at BioEdge.org.) One of the keynoters is Peter Singer, billed as a “utilitarian ethicist.”

Singer is better known to me for saying “killing a defective infant is not morally equivalent to killing a person. Sometimes it is not wrong at all.” He goes on at some length to explain the context within which he’s speaking, lest I leave you with the wrong impression about him.

Bioethics is a complex field, and I don’t mean to oversimplify it. An academic conference called “Personhood Beyond the Human,” though, strikes me as premature. We haven’t quite pinned down the personhood of humans yet.