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Similar to ageism or sexism, the word for an arrogant assumption about another organism being inferior to oneself, culture, organization etc. is speciesism. Back in the day my biology education was filled with those assumptions, and it is encouraging to see change away from that. Even my father, an employee at the San Diego Zoo when I was a teen, would make the grand claim that ‘man is the only animal aware of his own mortality.’ And I would rebut, ‘and you know this, how?’ And then we’d get into a fight. He is gone now, God rest him, but I still remember my outrage at such an imperious and ridiculous remark.

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