Categorie archief: English texts

The most serious moral illusion: arbitrary group selection

Moral illusions are spontaneous, intuitive moral judgments that are very persistent, but they violate our deepest moral values. They distract us away from a rational, authentic ethic. Probably the most problematic moral illusion is arbitrary group selection. This moral illusion … Lees verder

Geplaatst in Artikels, Blog, English texts | Tags: , , , , , | Een reactie plaatsen

Non-human overpopulation is the real problem

It is often claimed – especially by environmentalists – that there is a human overpopulation problem: there are too many humans, or the number of humans is growing too rapidly. I will argue for the controversial, opposite claim. Of all … Lees verder

Geplaatst in Artikels, Blog, English texts | Tags: , , , | Een reactie plaatsen

The effectiveness and ethics of unconditional cash transfers

Introduction As a means of poverty reduction, cash transfer programs are strongly increasing in the past two decades (Fiszbein & Shady, 2009; Bastagli, Hagen-Zanker, Harman, Barca, Sturge & Schmidt, 2016). Of those programs, the unconditional cash transfers (UCTs) are gaining … Lees verder

Geplaatst in Artikels, Blog, English texts | Tags: , | Een reactie plaatsen

Higher and more equal: a case for optimism

Some good news for the holiday season. The human population has made much progress the past few decades. We are richer, happier and healthier than ever before, and the world population became more equal. Here are data that show improvements … Lees verder

Geplaatst in Artikels, Blog, English texts | Tags: , , | 3 reacties

Speciesism, arbitrariness and moral illusions

In this article I present several topics related to the moral philosophy of animal rights: Defining moral illusions: persistent intuitive moral judgments that violate our strongest and deepest moral values. Detecting moral illusions: looking for unwanted arbitrariness (picking an element … Lees verder

Geplaatst in Artikels, Blog, English texts | Tags: , , , , , , | Een reactie plaatsen

Reducing existential risks or wild animal suffering?

What are the most important focus areas if you want to do the most good in the world? Focus on the current generation or the far future? Focus on human welfare or animal welfare? These are the fundamental cause prioritization … Lees verder

Geplaatst in Artikels, Blog, English texts | Tags: , , , , , | Een reactie plaatsen

Effective altruism and the law of diminishing marginal effect

If you hold a weight of 10 grams in your left hand and 20 grams in your right hand, you will feel a difference, but if you hold a weight of 1,01 kilograms in your left hand and 1,02 kilograms … Lees verder

Geplaatst in Artikels, Blog, English texts | Tags: , , | Een reactie plaatsen