Tagarchief: science

Economics and ethics for a rational politics

People often ask me why I started a master’s study in policy economics after finishing two PhD’s in natural sciences and in moral philosophy. I think that economics, ethics and science are three important areas of research for a rational … Lees verder

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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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Our worst enemies in crucial areas

What are the most important problems in the most important areas like ethics, economics, politics and sciences? In this short article I present an overview of our worst enemies. Ethics Several ethical principles and theories are possible, but what characterizes … Lees verder

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Conflict of interest bias

In discussions about controversial topics such as climate change, vaccine safety, environmental sustainability, pesticide toxicity, chronic Lyme disease, male privilege or homeopathic therapies, we often hear the argument that scientific studies are biased due to financial conflicts of interest of … Lees verder

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Why naturalness is a misleading value

A lot of people have a preference for naturalness. They prefer natural disease prevention instead of vaccines, natural foods instead of foods containing GMOs, chemical additives and vitamin supplements, clothes with natural fibers instead of synthetic fibers, animal meat instead … 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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