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Conflict of interest bias

In discussions about controversial topics such as climate change, vaccine safety, environmental sustainability, pesticide toxicity, chronic Lyme disease, male privilege or homeopathic therapies, we often hear the argument that scientific studies are biased due to financial conflicts of interest of … Lees verder

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The problem of counting persons and conscious experiences

Introduction All else equal, saving two people is better than saving one person, two hours of pain is worse than one hour of pain and an election candidate that has two votes from two people is more likely to win … Lees verder

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Being rational about nuclear power

Disclaimer: in the past I did several actions against nuclear power. This article does not reflect the opinions of the environmental organizations I am and was involved in. Effective environmentalism deals with the irrationalities in the environmental movement. These irrationalities … Lees verder

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Reflections on male privilege

Our biggest concern in ethics is unwanted arbitrariness. That is why I am against all kinds of discrimination (because the victims of discrimination cannot want their arbitrary exclusion). One form of discrimination is sexism. However, the discussion of sexism is … Lees verder

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On the interpersonal comparability of well-being

This is a simplified, introductory text to ‘Why I became a utilitarian’ and ‘Variable critical level utilitarianism’.   The problem of interpersonal comparability Is your feeling of pain stronger than the pain experience of someone else? Are you happier than … Lees verder

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Why I became a utilitarian

Abstract In this article I explain how a specific utilitarian theory (variance normalized variable critical level rule preference utilitarianism that says we have to choose the situation that maximizes the sum of everyone’s variance normalized self-determined relative utilities) avoids and … Lees verder

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Why naturalness is a misleading value

A lot of people have a preference for naturalness. They prefer natural disease prevention instead of vaccines, natural foods instead of foods containing GMOs, chemical additives and vitamin supplements, clothes with natural fibers instead of synthetic fibers, animal meat instead … Lees verder

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