I am re-posting a Freshly Pressed post from The Flex Generation, that I feel aligns quite nicely with my beliefs (and blog) about why animals should be off the menu. I think this blogger makes a compelling argument. Wouldn’t you agree? I especially enjoy the quote from Jonathan Safran Foer, on Eating Animals, when he says, “If we were to one day encounter a form of life more powerful and intelligent than our own, and it regarded us as we regard fish, what would be our argument against being eaten?” Excellent question Jonathan!
We no longer enslave animals for food purposes.
– Will Riker, Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Lonely Among Us”
What do science fiction and going vegetarian or vegan have in common? Science fiction scholar Darko Suvin has coined the term novum (latin for ‘new thing’) in order to describe the (scientific) innovations and novelties distinguishing science fiction from fantasy fiction. To put it briefly, novum is an element by which the work is shown to exist in a different world than that of the reader or the spectator. It must be validated by cognitive logic, which means that the audience must be able to extrapolate it of today’s science – if the novum in question is the warp drive, for example. However, a novum can be something completely different that a scientific innovation: it can also be an idea, like elimination of gender in Ursula K. Le Guin’s…
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