At the risk of getting burned for heresy, I’d like to ask: Why should we value the lives of children so much more than other people’s? There’s an obvious reason for it in evolutionary psychology, but my model predicts that we should have come up with dozens of rational-sounding justifications for it, like we did for meat-eating and mindless entertainment. Surely someone, somewhere, has come up with a nice-sounding, pseudoscientific explanation of why it is worthwhile to go to such extreme measures as putting blocking software on all public computers to “protect” children. Congress, which is well-known for passing verbose book-length bills, didn’t include any justification for the Child Online Protection Act in the bill; it simply asserted that the “protection of minors” is a “compelling government interest”. Even websites against it rarely question the premise of needing to “protect children”; they simply argued that it was ineffective, had undesirable side effects or violated the First Amendment.