A lot of common sense morality depends on a clear distinction between human and other animals. Such a distinction is possible only because there are no animals that are kind of human, but not fully. But if neanderthals still existed, it would raise some interesting moral questions. E.g.: Common opinion A: if lion kills another … Continue reading Humanhood is a continuum, not a dichotomy
So I write this blog here but I don’t post about it on facebook, don’t send links to it to people unless I naturally mention it in a conversation and they specifically ask for it. Although most of the times I don’t send a link even when that happens. I recognise that it is an unusual … Continue reading Why I don’t promote or recommend this blog (yet)
In My morality 2.0: theory I decided to stop thinking about morality explicitly and instead to answer these 4 questions for myself to guide my life: What kind of person do I want to be? (as an end, not as a mean) What do I want my life to look like? Assuming I’m no longer alive, … Continue reading My morality 2.0: implementation
Cross-posted in effective-altruism.com. Interesting discussion in comments there, Peter Singer himself commented. In a 2013 TED talk Peter Singer claims “It costs about 40,000 dollars to train a guide dog and train the recipient so that the guide dog can be an effective help to a blind person. It costs somewhere between 20 and 50 … Continue reading Fact checking comparison between trachoma surgeries and guide dogs
I think this post is a worthwhile read for utilitarians who are also moral anti-realists. I dismiss my old morality and try to create new life goals for myself. I didn’t know what kind of goals/morality I’ll end up with when I started writing this text and the conclusions surprised me. Written-down views vs. real views I … Continue reading My morality 2.0: theory
I wrote this post a while ago. It assumes familiarity with effective altruism. I thought it's not good/timely/complete enough to go on http://effective-altruism.com/ but I thought that it should exist on some even more obscure corner of the internet so here it is... Ugh, I now feel I undersold it, I think it's pretty good. These charities became less appealing … Continue reading Should you donate to a fund-raising meta-charity?
The post bellow was written gradually over the last couple of years. I am no longer sure if I agree with its approach and I will write why in future posts. My beliefs By "morality" here I simply mean some rules that we strive to follow when deciding our actions. In my opinion there is … Continue reading My morality 1.0