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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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The minimum complaint theory: the strongest moral theory? (Short summary)

The minimum complaint theory states that we should choose the options that generate the least amount of valid complaints. It is probably the strongest ethical theory in the sense that it is most preferred by everyone and is the easiest … Lees verder

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De minimale klachten theorie: de sterkste ethische theorie?

Stel je voor: een ethische theorie waar niemand een probleem mee kan hebben en waar niemand tegen kan klagen. Zoiets is waarschijnlijk te hoog gegrepen. Maar we kunnen wel een ethische theorie bedenken die de minste klachten oplevert: de minimale … Lees verder

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Why there is only one basic right and how this is compatible with altruism

There are many rights possible: the rights to life, liberty, property, free speech,… But there is one right that is different from the others: the basic right not to be used as merely a means. If a person has this … Lees verder

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On intervention in nature, human arrogance and moral blind spots

Is it possible that people who claim to be very much against X are doing X themselves and are at the same time strongly criticizing other people who are against X and are not doing X? Last week I was … Lees verder

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