...in the shape of an Argentinian orangutan. Thanks Amanda!
"Lawyers for Argentina's Association of Professional Lawyers for Animal Rights (Afada) said Sandra was ‘a person’ in the philosophical, not biological, sense"
--correct. Nice one lawyers. Gets rid of a whole slew of unnecessary ideology.
Science can never decide on this stuff. It only proceeds from implicit assumptions that it can't turn around and question.
If you let science be the arbiter you are actually letting scientism be the arbiter. And since scientism tends to be default Easy Think materialism, you know what's going to happen. The orangutan has no self-concept, because you can't see it or touch it, or because no one has a self-concept at all. So “it” (definitely an it) doesn't have rights.
Personhood just can't be found using instruments, but you can think it.