MercatorNet - Human = animal = robot - World's Most Dangerous Idea

Wrestling with difficult questions is routine work for ethicists. But some are much more difficult than others. MercatorNet’s question, “What did I believe was presently the world’s most dangerous idea?”, falls in the former category. My response, “The idea that there is nothing special about being human and, therefore, humans do not deserve “special respect”, as compared with other animals or even robots”, might seem anodyne and a “cop out”, but I’d like to try to convince you otherwise.