Irrationally Speaking on vegetarianism.

Massimo Pigliucci’s blog Rationally Speaking is normally very good, but this post by contributor Julia Galef is just silly. The basic point she makes is that vegetarians are being irrational if they refuse to eat meat even if they receive it on a pizza by accident. Oh, and they should eat oysters also. (Odd […]


Can (some) crustaceans feel pain?

As a follow-up to my previous post on speciesism, it is of interest that a soon to be published paper in Animal Behaviour provides tentative evidence of pain in decapod crustaceans (which includes lobsters, crayfishes [crawfishes or crawdads], crabs, shrimps, and prawns). I came across this through a news report in New Scientist that […]


On speciesism.

There has been a lot of discussion on the science blogs about “animal rights” recently. Most of the argument has centered around whether animals are necessary for research, but of course the animal rights movement includes issues such as factory farming, using animals for entertainment, the pet industry, and others. I am a scientist, […]