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On recession, regression and renaissance

They said it would take ten years. It did, just about that. I’m no measurer of economic development and progress but it does seem that the Great Recession is over and the waters of a kind of prosperity are lapping the shore once more. 2,143 more words

Culture Matters

Speciesism and the killing of animals are unjust.

For thousands of years, we humans have been murdering animals for fashion, food, and sport. First for survival, but now in the 21st century, is this really necessary? 2,165 more words


(Review) The Principles (?) of Effective Altruism

The logic of Effective Altruism is plain and simple: that if it is in your capacity to save someone and it carries a small moral cost to you, you should do what you can to help, and as effectively as possible. 1,300 more words


Hegel: A Very Short Introduction by Peter Singer

Peter Singer is a famous philosopher (as famous as philosophers can be these days) known for his very strong utilitarian views:

He is known especially for his work on the ethics of our treatment of animals, for his controversial critique of the sanctity of life doctrine in bioethics, and for his writings on the obligations of the affluent to aid those living in extreme poverty.  

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(Summary) Scott Wisor- Against shallow ponds: an argument against Singer's approach to global poverty (2011)

Problems with Singer’s line of thinking

The argument itself is not the problem. Rather it is the way of thinking associated with it, which generates a form of “Shallow Pond thinking” which treats the issues of global poverty as simplistic as in the Pond Analogy. 598 more words


(summary) Amia Srinivasan- "Stop the Robot Apocalypse" book review (2015)

MacAskill and Effective Altruism

  • Qalys (Quality Adjusted Life Years), which factors into consideration life quality and expectancy, attempts to compare things we normally cannot conceptualise (e.g.
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Summary of Peter Singer's intro to Effective Altruism

What is it?

  • Doing the most good we can, going beyond our current moral expectations.
  • To make a difference to the world. To enrich yourselves.
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