Tagarchief: effective altruism

How to compensate your carbon footprint

How can you make sure that you do not have a negative impact on the climate system and that you do not contribute to global warming? How can you do this in the most effective and fair way? The answer … 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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Two most important distributions in effective altruism

There are two important distributions to explain effective altruism. The first distribution is the distribution of income (and wealth) of people, which explains the altruism part of effective altruism and answers the question why we should do good, why we … Lees verder

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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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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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