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May 22, 2011

PIXAR FILMS AND NON-HUMAN INTELLIGENCES:

Writing for Discover’s “Science Not Fiction” blog Kyle Munkittrick reviews films made by Pixar and finds a hidden message in Pixar films about the need to respect and accept non-human intelligences. I see this message as more likely to do us a disservice than to make our future brighter. . . . Personhood isn’t possible without intelligence. But intelligence is only a necessary – and not a suffcient – condition for personhood. Brave humans (contra Pixar) will not make other forms of intelligence into moral agents who are motivated to respect us.

Movies are poor sources of moral guidance. Just look at the people who make them.

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