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How emotional attachments make us less effective

I have been changing a lot the last few years, due to the new movement of effective altruism. I changed my mind about many topics (such as GMOs, ecocentric environmental ethics), I changed my activism and volunteering, I changed my … Lees verder

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The most important technological innovation (and how we can support it)

What is the most important technological innovation of our time? At first, I would think of the development of artificial intelligence, because this will help us in many ways, solving a lot of important problems. However, artificial intelligence has also … Lees verder

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My biggest moral mistake

In effective altruism, it is worthwhile to reflect from time to time on ones past moral decisions and theories, looking for mistakes that one should avoid in the future. So I did this exercise, looking at all my engagements and … Lees verder

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The minimum complaint theory and maximum autonomy

The minimum complaint theory The minimum complaint theory is a new moral theory that avoids a lot of problems in welfare ethics and population ethics. It is probably the strongest ethical theory in the sense that it can be most … Lees verder

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A rational approach to improve worldwide well-being

Abstract The existence of optical illusions demonstrates that our senses cannot always be trusted. But neither can we always trust our intuitions and judgments. There are cognitive biases such as moral illusions: spontaneous, intuitive moral judgments that are very persistent, … Lees verder

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The scientific consensus on GMOs

There is a scientific consensus about the general safety of GMOs (that GMOs in general do not pose more risks to the environment and human health compared to other common plant breeding methods and that risks should be assessed on … Lees verder

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Can we eat happy meat?

A very subtle problem in animal ethics is the case of happy meat. Most people agree that the lives of animals in factory farms are not worth living in the sense that non-existence is preferred above having such lives full … Lees verder

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