Tagarchief: wild animal suffering

Non-human overpopulation is the real problem

It is often claimed – especially by environmentalists – that there is a human overpopulation problem: there are too many humans, or the number of humans is growing too rapidly. I will argue for the controversial, opposite claim. Of all … Lees verder

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Morele illusies, effectief altruïsme en dierenleed

Dit artikel verscheen ook op http://snakeshusband.nl/effectief-altruisme/ Morele illusies Stel dat je een hond ziet verdrinken in een vijver. Spring je in het water om hem te redden? Waarschijnlijk wel, omdat het redden van die hond een van de meest zingevende … Lees verder

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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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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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Reducing existential risks or wild animal suffering?

What are the most important focus areas if you want to do the most good in the world? Focus on the current generation or the far future? Focus on human welfare or animal welfare? These are the fundamental cause prioritization … Lees verder

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What if everyone was human?

Speciesism is discrimination based on species, where species membership is identified with moral community membership (i.e. where species membership determines someone’s moral status and rights). Like all kinds of discrimination, speciesism is a kind of unwanted arbitrariness: the victims of … 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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