Recent studies indicate that some species of wasps can recognize one another by facial markings. Go ahead and have that moment of racism in your own mind, nobody can hear you: “They all look the same to me.” We all probably look basically the same to them, too. Simply as a matter of scale, you would have to get awful close to a wasp to see any detail whatsoever and wasps don’t particularly care for gargantuan monsters blowing their damp, stinky breath all over them. Wasps can probably tell us apart far more readily than the we can them. Try to imagine a huge, sculptured head that defaces sacred indigenous lands. You can see all four dead white guys really well from a distance and easily differentiate between them.
If wasps can recognize each others’ faces they can almost certainly tell us apart as well as crows can. So, what does that mean? What does it mean that college students have to wear disguises while tormenting birds and, certainly, your dog knows the difference between the sound of your voice and that of a stranger? Is a bird as smart as a dog? Is a wasp? If animals are far more intelligent than historically portrayed, what does that mean?
“Hurr, hurr, hurr cow farts.” That’s what it evidently means to Wesley J. Smith. That and the following: “Human anti-exceptionalism must be opposed every time it rears its misanthropic head, no matter how seemingly fringe or unlikely. Failing to do so allows truly harmful ideas to germinate and grow.”
What are these harmful ideas? That maybe we shouldn’t be murdering things and eating them? Horrifying. We actually can produce vat grown meat at this point. The infrastructure and harm to the world inflicted by factory farming livestock of any sort isn’t actually even necessary and you don’t even have to give up bacon. Well... soon.
One harmful idea is, like my own violation of Godwin’s Law above, the point at which our friend Wesley conflates eating meat with abortion. It is an extremist point of view and is extraneous to the discussion. It’s a tu quoque fallacy, an appeal to hypocrisy, and an entirely separate conversation. The point Wesley is trying to make is to say these tree-hugging hippies care about living things except when they don’t… the hypocrites!
Educated people know that educated people with ready access to birth control tend to not use abortion as birth control and that’s before even treading into the muddy waters of rape, incest, complications in pregnancy…
Really, abortion a huge, huge subject with a lot of nuance and is easily its own discussion (many of them), but it’s also deeply emotional and prone to jerk those knees right up and that’s why such a tactic is employed by our good friend, Mr. Smith, here. "Don’t think," he seems to say, "react." It’s a cheap shot and the calling card of a huckster looking to score points with a target audience by mocking science and social evolution.