Peter Singer is a highly respected philosopher at Princeton University. However, his completely bonkers ideas show how utterly bankrupt the universities have become.
First, Singer suggested that parents be allowed to kill their babies up to 30 days after birth, if they didn’t like them. I suppose he uncovered a bit of logical inconsistency which he took to its natural conclusion. If you are allowed to kill your baby for having defects before birth, why not after? But he seemed very serious about the whole thing.
Apparently, being stark raving mad is a necessary requirement now at the university, because here is his next great idea:
Here is a thought experiment to test our attitudes to this view. Most thoughtful people are extremely concerned about climate change. Some stop eating meat, or flying abroad on vacation, in order to reduce their carbon footprint. But the people who will be most severely harmed by climate change have not yet been conceived. If there were to be no future generations, there would be much less for us to feel to guilty about.
So why don’t we make ourselves the last generation on earth? If we would all agree to have ourselves sterilized then no sacrifices would be required — we could party our way into extinction!
Isn’t it amazing that this drivel is the work of a professor?
Well, he’s not completely out of his mind. He’s just an incredibly creepy human, the kind that thinks that all is suffering:
I do think it would be wrong to choose the non-sentient universe. In my judgment, for most people, life is worth living. Even if that is not yet the case, I am enough of an optimist to believe that, should humans survive for another century or two, we will learn from our past mistakes and bring about a world in which there is far less suffering than there is now. But justifying that choice forces us to reconsider the deep issues with which I began. Is life worth living? Are the interests of a future child a reason for bringing that child into existence? And is the continuance of our species justifiable in the face of our knowledge that it will certainly bring suffering to innocent future human beings?
What used to be the musings of the town drunk now get you a chair at Princeton.