Tagarchief: effective altruism

My mistakes and failures

To do good in the world, I think it is crucial to learn from mistakes. In the past I made a lot of mistakes and also this website contained (and most likely still contains) mistakes. Here I present an overview … Lees verder

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Reducing existential risks or wild animal suffering? Part II: expected value estimate

In a previous article (part I), I wrote about two top priorities for effective altruists who are concerned about far future human and animal welfare: the reduction of existential risks (X-risks) and the reduction of wild animal suffering. Elsewhere, I … Lees verder

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Probability estimate for wild animal welfare prioritization

In this article I calculate my subjective probability estimate that the problem of wild animal suffering is the most important cause area in effective altruism. I will use a Fermi estimate to calculate lower and upper bounds of the probability … Lees verder

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The openness of effective altruism

Effective altruism is a global social movement that uses science and reason to do the most good. Perhaps the most striking characteristic of the effective altruism movement, that differentiates it from other social movements, is its high degree of openness. … Lees verder

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Wild animal suffering, longtermism and population ethics

Should we prioritize wild animal welfare research? If we take a long-term perspective, the problem of wild animal suffering is likely to become very important and perhaps even dominant. But judging whether we should prioritize far future wild animal welfare … Lees verder

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Climate activism, alarmism and effectiveness

In recent years, climate activism showed a regained interest in direct action and civil disobedience. One example is Extinction Rebellion. In their communication, these direct action groups often appeal to alarmism with doom scenarios about apocalyptic climate change. Direct actions … Lees verder

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Some solutions to utilitarian problems

I have recently written a series of articles about problems in utilitarian ethics that are relevant for effective altruism. A first article describes why I became a utilitarian and what kind of utilitarianism I support (i.e. preference, rule, variable critical … Lees verder

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