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Climate activism, alarmism and effectiveness

In recent years, climate activism showed a regained interest in direct action and civil disobedience. One example is Extinction Rebellion. In their communication, these direct action groups often appeal to alarmism with doom scenarios about apocalyptic climate change. Direct actions … Lees verder

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Some solutions to utilitarian problems

I have recently written a series of articles about problems in utilitarian ethics that are relevant for effective altruism. A first article describes why I became a utilitarian and what kind of utilitarianism I support (i.e. preference, rule, variable critical … Lees verder

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About insect welfare and how to improve it

Recently, Rethink Priorities (a project of Rethink Charity) did an impressive review of our state of knowledge about invertebrate sentience. Considering the fact that 99,9998% of all animals are invertebrates[1], it is crucial to know whether they are sentient and … Lees verder

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On the interpersonal comparison of well-being, part 2

In a previous article I discussed the possibility of comparing the levels of well-being between different individuals. This is a crucial problem if we want to compare levels of suffering and happiness between different animals such as humans, insects, fish … Lees verder

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Mogen rupsen dan wel het milieu vervuilen?

Opinie over eikenprocessierupsen en milieu-ethiek, verschenen in De Morgen (06-07-2019)   Nu dachten we goed te doen voor het milieu door zomereiken te planten in onze parken, tuinen en lanen. In tegenstelling tot de Amerikaanse eik trekt de zomereik meer … Lees verder

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The large income benefits of migration

This is an English summary of my master’s thesis in policy economics (University of Leuven). The thesis can be downloaded here. Injustice, inefficiency and harm of migration restrictions Unequal pay for equal work, a welfare loss of billions of euros, … Lees verder

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Economics and ethics for a rational politics

People often ask me why I started a master’s study in policy economics after finishing two PhD’s in natural sciences and in moral philosophy. I think that economics, ethics and science are three important areas of research for a rational … Lees verder

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