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The identifiable problem effect

The identifiable victim effect is a cognitive bias (or moral illusion) where an incentive to help someone is higher when the person in need can be identified by the helper. For example, people donate more money to a charity if … Lees verder

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My mistakes and failures

To do good in the world, I think it is crucial to learn from mistakes. In the past I made a lot of mistakes and also this website contained (and most likely still contains) mistakes. Here I present an overview … Lees verder

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Reducing existential risks or wild animal suffering? Part II: expected value estimate

In a previous article (part I), I wrote about two top priorities for effective altruists who are concerned about far future human and animal welfare: the reduction of existential risks (X-risks) and the reduction of wild animal suffering. Elsewhere, I … Lees verder

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Probability estimate for wild animal welfare prioritization

In this article I calculate my subjective probability estimate that the problem of wild animal suffering is the most important cause area in effective altruism. I will use a Fermi estimate to calculate lower and upper bounds of the probability … Lees verder

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The three most important new tax proposals

Well-designed government taxes can promote social justice, ecological sustainability and economic productivity. Here I present three most promising tax proposals that I encountered the past few years, during my studies in economic policy. They improve both equality and efficiency (or … Lees verder

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The openness of effective altruism

Effective altruism is a global social movement that uses science and reason to do the most good. Perhaps the most striking characteristic of the effective altruism movement, that differentiates it from other social movements, is its high degree of openness. … Lees verder

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Wild animal suffering, longtermism and population ethics

Should we prioritize wild animal welfare research? If we take a long-term perspective, the problem of wild animal suffering is likely to become very important and perhaps even dominant. But judging whether we should prioritize far future wild animal welfare … Lees verder

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