Tagarchief: effective altruism

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

Geplaatst in Artikels, Blog, English texts | Tags: , , , | Een reactie plaatsen

De twijfel over biovoeding

Disclaimer: onderstaand artikel bevat mijn persoonlijke standpunten, dus niet noodzakelijk de standpunten van de milieuorganisaties waar ik bij betrokken ben. De standpunten die ik inneem zijn gebaseerd op mijn persoonlijke waarden en op de wetenschappelijke studies die ik tot nu … Lees verder

Geplaatst in Artikels, Blog | Tags: , , , , | 2 reacties

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

Geplaatst in Artikels, Blog, English texts | Tags: , | 2 reacties

What is a rational ethicist?

Accuracy, effectiveness and consistency A rational ethicist lives by the slogan: accurate in beliefs, effective in means, consistent in ends. Our ends should be consistent in the sense that our moral values or ethical principles should not contain contradictions, vagueness … Lees verder

Geplaatst in Artikels, Blog, English texts | Tags: , , , , | 2 reacties

Moral illusions and wild animal suffering neglect

There is a lot of suffering in wild nature: hunger, disease, parasites, predation, competition,… Given the numbers of wild animals and the intensities of suffering, we should not underestimate the moral importance of this problem of wild animal suffering. However, … Lees verder

Geplaatst in Artikels, Blog, English texts | Tags: , , , , | 1 reactie

On GMOs and effective environmentalism

Changing mind about GMOs, again? As an environmental activist I have been protesting for years against genetically modified crops (GMOs). Until last year, when I studied the scientific literature in more detail and read about what scientists say about GMOs. … Lees verder

Geplaatst in Artikels, Blog, English texts | Tags: , , | 1 reactie

Top scientific research questions for prolific welfare interventions

Avoiding unwanted arbitrariness is a basic moral assumption. Spatial borders, time periods or group boundaries are morally irrelevant because they create unwanted, arbitrary discrimination. Moral philosophers already paid some attention to their first task: exploring what a non-arbitrary, non-discriminatory ethic … Lees verder

Geplaatst in Artikels, Blog, English texts | Tags: | Een reactie plaatsen