Tagarchief: effective altruism

The most important technologies and research disciplines for wild animal welfare

Wild animal suffering is most likely the biggest chunk of suffering in the world in the foreseeable future. Luckily there are important emerging technologies and research disciplines that help improve the welfare of all animals in nature. The three most … Lees verder

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Why I have a career switch: an effective altruist analysis

According to the effective altruist organization 80,000 Hours, our career choice is one of the most important decisions for doing the most good. When it comes to donations, we can be very flexible and easily decide to switch donations towards … Lees verder

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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