Tagarchief: veganism

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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Why your neighbor cares more about animal rights than you think

Recently, I listened to a very interesting episode of the You Are Not So Smart podcast, about pluralistic ignorance: a group conformity effect where a majority of the population privately rejects a norm, but publicly accepts that norm because they … Lees verder

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About insect welfare and how to improve it

Recently, Rethink Priorities (a project of Rethink Charity) did an impressive review of our state of knowledge about invertebrate sentience. Considering the fact that 99,9998% of all animals are invertebrates[1], it is crucial to know whether they are sentient and … 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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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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My cause prioritization

Summary The search for the most important causes is essential for an effective altruist who wants to do the most good. Here I present my cause prioritization, starting from a moral theory that deals with problems in population ethics (involving … Lees verder

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