My reply to a blog comment
URL, try again: <a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/animal-emotions/201208/scientists-finally-conclude-nonhuman-animals-are-conscious-beings">Link</a>.
2. " just like the Yale course didn't verify your conclusions."
You carefully read all the lectures and the books it referred to?
Which conclusions? What statement are you referring to?
The Torah's unsubstantiated view of animals contradicts with human intuition that it is morally wrong to cause other sentient beings unnecessary pain.
I don't need Yale-lectures to understand that the Torah is heavily influenced by its authors understanding of the world, but the lectures was one of the tools that made me start thinking instead of assuming that Torah is the truth (and, no, the reasoning on the Netzarim-website doesn't prove this).
How do you know that the Torah's commandments weren't heavily influenced by its authors understanding of the world, including the beliefs of the culture that they lived in? People usually work in that way - that the events and "miracles" they encounter confirm their way of thinking.