Tagarchief: health

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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Carnism versus terrorism: the most extreme example of irrational fear

Fear can be useful as it can increase our survival and health. But fear can also be irrational, namely when we believe that one threat is more dangerous than another, less serious threat or when we feel more fear of … Lees verder

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Is a vegan diet optimal for our health and the environment?

There is a scientific consensus that our high consumption of animal products, especially meat, is bad for our health and the environment. The studies are abundant (see here and here). Almost no-one is denying that our consumption of animal products … Lees verder

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The integration of effective altruism focus areas

The effective altruism movement has three major focus areas: human welfare promotion, animal welfare promotion and far future catastrophic risk reduction (and a fourth, meta-level area of community building and priorities research). As I will explain, all these focus areas … Lees verder

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One day car free

In a previous post I wrote about the benefits of eating vegan for one day. Here I discuss the benefits of living car free for one day. In particular: what if an average person in Belgium replaces car transport by … Lees verder

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Ineffective actions and campaigns that can backfire

Effective altruism is not only about looking for actions that do the most good, but also about avoiding ineffective actions. Here I will give four examples of campaigns or actions that can backfire in the sense that they can do … 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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