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by:Dan Lyke started: 2004-12-04 08:30:52.607145+01 updated: 2004-12-04 08:30:52.607145+01

I grabbed Writings on an Ethical Life[Wiki] by Peter Singer[Wiki](ISBN 0-06-000744-3) for an airplane flight. I finally gave up as he was talking about animal research and made the completely obvious lie that "There has never been and never could be a single experiment that saved thousands of lives." Perhaps not a single experiment, but killing rats to discover penicillin comes to mind.

But the whole book is muddled by his precepts that anyone who's done any amount of philosophical thinking will immediately peg as ridiculous, and his regular use of the ridiculous. When the cover sports a quote from The New Yorker[Wiki] saying "Peter Singer may be the most controversial philosopher alive; he is certainly among the most influential", I weep for those who take modern philosophy seriously. Definitely skip this one.

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