Comment: I would also like to comment on one of the bold portions...

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I would also like to comment on one of the bold portions...

of your comment that reads:

God has also been conceived as being incorporeal (immaterial), a personal being, the source of all moral obligation..."

In light of recent findings, this particular statement leads to conflict with the many religious folks who believe that animals aren't worthy of supposed salvation. For instance, how many people think that rats go to heaven? What religious person desires to have rats in heaven? Coincidentally, it turns out that if given the choice between eating first or freeing another rat and then eating, rats will choose to free the other rat first. Even more revealing, the rat that is responsible for setting the other rat free tends to eat a larger portion of the food than the rat that was trapped. It turns out that humans aren't so unique in this respect (Primates tend to do the same, as well).

I'm curious to see what would happen if the rats were persuaded to fight before the experiment.