Tagarchief: animal rights

Why your neighbor cares more about animal rights than you think

Recently, I listened to a very interesting episode of the You Are Not So Smart podcast, about pluralistic ignorance: a group conformity effect where a majority of the population privately rejects a norm, but publicly accepts that norm because they … Lees verder

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Carbon offsetting versus meat offsetting

A carbon offset is a payment to avoid greenhouse gas emissions by others elsewhere in the world according to the same amount that one has emitted oneself, in order to neutralize one’s own carbon footprint. There are several effective ways … Lees verder

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About insect welfare and how to improve it

Recently, Rethink Priorities (a project of Rethink Charity) did an impressive review of our state of knowledge about invertebrate sentience. Considering the fact that 99,9998% of all animals are invertebrates[1], it is crucial to know whether they are sentient and … Lees verder

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Thought experiment: which dream do you prefer?

Imagine, before you go to sleep, I offer you a choice between different pills. If you take the black pill, you will not have a dream tonight. You will remain in a deep, unconscious sleep without experiences. There are no … Lees verder

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Why naturalness is irrational and harmful

In the environmental and natural health movements, people value naturalness. However, from a rational-philosophical perspective, this notion of naturalness doesn’t make much sense: it is arbitrary and not well-defined. Second, from an ethical perspective, preferring naturalness is often harmful: it … Lees verder

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Deep canvassing for animal rights

Deep canvassing is a new, evidence-based effective persuasion strategy (for more information, you can listen to this interesting podcast episode). It was developed by the LGBT-community in the US. The effectiveness was demonstrated in a randomized controlled trial, published in the journal … Lees verder

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Idealistic versus realistic animal advocacy: the need for effectiveness and rationality

This month, a new book was published about effective, rational approaches for the animal advocacy movement: How to Create a Vegan World: A Pragmatic Approach (Tobias Leenaert, Lantern Books 2017). This book is a wake-up call for many animal advocates, … Lees verder

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