When We Worry About Politeness or Manners in Our Things We Devalue Humanity, Personhood, Sentience, and Life Itself

It Is a Logical Error and Sends a Very Dangerous Message about Our Own and Other Living Things Worth

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A List of Words That Have No Meaning When Applied to Machines/Computers/Appliances

It is a category error to apply these concepts/behaviors (politeness, manners, angry, abusive, nice, neutral, cold, or any other value/moral concept) to non-living, non-sentient things and it suggests an equivalence in value that does not and cannot obtain. The more that we concern ourselves with these concepts as they “apply” to things, the more we devalue the importance of what we and other living things are/have that separate us from those things which do not.

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Research scientist (Ph.D. micro/mol biology), Thought middle manager, Everyday junglist, Selecta (Ret.), Boulderer, Cat lover, Fish hater

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