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Proceedings 2017, 1(3), 195; doi:10.3390/IS4SI-2017-04039

Approach to Ethical Issues Based on Fundamental Informatics: School Days with a Pig as a Clue

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School of Life Sciences, Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Sciences, 1432-1 Horinouchi, Hachioji, Tokyo 192-0392, Japan
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Professional License Training Center, Tokai University, 4-1-1 Kitakaname, Hiratsuka, Kanagawa 259-1292, Japan
Presented at the IS4SI 2017 Summit DIGITALISATION FOR A SUSTAINABLE SOCIETY, Gothenburg, Sweden, 12–16 June 2017.
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Published: 9 June 2017
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Abstract

This paper explores the difference between companion animals and domestic livestock from the viewpoint of neo-cybernetical informatics, referring to an educational trial which was to raise a young pig for eating. The problem in this trial is based on an informatic difference between seeing a pig as a friend and as food in daily lives. Our behavior as being a communicational actor should be distinguished from just being a non-communicational sign interpreter because we can assume ethical norms as long as a communication system continuously operates. This argument can be a starting point for developing a new discussion on ethical issues, not in terms of the difference of intelligence or the importance of lives, but in terms of the possibility of construction of a communication system with us.
Keywords: communication system; ethical norms; fundamental informatics; second-order cybernetics; autopoiesis theory communication system; ethical norms; fundamental informatics; second-order cybernetics; autopoiesis theory
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Nishida, Y.; Takenouchi, T. Approach to Ethical Issues Based on Fundamental Informatics: School Days with a Pig as a Clue. Proceedings 2017, 1, 195.

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