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Peter Singer: The why and how of effective altruism

Peter Singer: The why and how of effective altruism
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Effective altruism Principles[edit] Cost-effectiveness[edit] Applied to charitable interventions, cost-effectiveness refers to the amount of good achieved per dollar spent. Though cost-effectiveness is a newer concept in charity, it is commonly used by economists. Effective altruists have also rallied behind the idea of room for more funding: the idea that selecting a cause to donate to should be based on the marginal value that future donations to that would accomplish at the margin, rather than based on what has already been accomplished. Cause prioritization[edit] Many effective altruists place a high degree of importance on working out what the most important cause to support is.[8] This is one way that effective altruism is distinguishable from other traditional altruism or charity. For example, although there is a growing emphasis on effectiveness and evidence among nonprofits, this is usually done with a single cause in mind, such as education or climate change. Impartiality[edit] Peter Singer[edit]

The top 10 things I’ve learned in 5 years of being vegan | Annamal house. This winter is my five year anniversary of being vegan. To the delight of many and the surprise of some, I am still alive after eating and living this way. Part of me wishes I had a story of radical physical transformation for you, about how changing my diet saved my life or made me some kind of superhero. In reality, I went from being decently healthy to remaining decently healthy. The real transformation I’ve undergone has been a shift in my thinking. 1. In fact, the tenets of it and the beliefs underlying it are so simple that they can be both incredibly elegant and incredibly banal. If you want to see something truly absurd, just watch the meat videos. 2. We have an inkling that something is wrong, and maybe even really, severely wrong. I’ve written other posts about how most people already agree with the underlying values of veganism; most people are against cruelty, torture, discrimination, waste, murder, unjust confinement, and the like. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Cheers.

Herbalogue - Herbalist Natural Healing Remedies Half of all food 'thrown away' claims report 10 January 2013Last updated at 13:16 ET The report said half the food bought in Europe and the US ended up in the bin Britain's biggest supermarkets have been defending their practices after a report suggested that up to half of the world's food is thrown away. The Institution of Mechanical Engineers said the waste was being caused by poor storage, strict sell-by dates, bulk offers and consumer fussiness. The British Retail Consortium said supermarkets have "adopted a range of approaches" to combat waste. They also lobbied the EU to relax laws stopping the sale of misshaped produce. According to the report - Global Food; Waste Not, Want Not - from the UK-based institution, as much as half of the world's food, amounting to two billion tonnes worth, is wasted. Its study claims that up to 30% of vegetables in the UK were not harvested because of their physical appearance. 'Waste of resources' It suggested that half the food bought in Europe and the US was thrown away.

DIY Dorm: Smartphone Projector | The College Juice Nowadays, we can do almost anything on a smart phone: send emails, play games, and even watch movies. Sometimes, however, squinting at the small screen can leave our eyes feeling tired. Rather than watch a movie or show on the tiny screen, why not magnify it via your very own projector? Check out this fun and simple addition to our DIY Dorm series: What You’ll Need: Shoe boxDuct tapeX-acto knife (works better than scissors)Magnifying glass (try a larger lens – aim for 3-4 inch diameter)RulerPencilPhone stand (or something to act as a stand for your phone) What You’ll Do: Duct tape any openings. 1.Cover all holes and gaps in the box using the duct tape. Mark around the lens. 2.Go to the front and center of the box (on the shorter side). 3.Using your X-Acto knife, slowly cut out the hole you just marked. Push the lens into the opening. 4.From the inside of the box, push the lens into the opening. 5.Line up your smartphone or iPod with the magnifying glass and mark this space. Phone Stands

Essay:Why You Shouldn't Eat Meat Because people have so many different beliefs, it's hard to build a rationale for vegetarianism that will answer everyone's needs. Some people think it's natural to eat meat, others think people have a special status in the world, and some think that God said it was okay. So the best way I could figure to engage on this topic was to write up a short statement, and then try to answer some of the most common counter-arguments. Please note that I will be speaking of meat-eating as it exists today: dominated by factory farming but with some minor availability of alternatives. For more about my own journey towards vegetarianism, you can read this essay. [edit] "I just don't really care." I probably should have become a vegetarian long before I did - maybe as long as a decade ago. I didn't get much further. I think many people are like that. Now, if you really "don't care," I guess I can't say much of anything that will matter. I'm not going to beat you up about it, because I know it's hard.

Plant Protein Preferable The dietary recommendations of countries that rely on their health departments to formulate them, rather than their agriculture departments, more closely parallel the recommendations of academics, such as Walter Willet, the chair of Harvard’s nutrition department, who, in his “Essentials of healthy eating: a guide,” talks about picking the best “protein packages,” recognizing that food is a package deal. And so, one of his top three recommendations is we should emphasize plant sources of protein, rather than animal sources. See, to the metabolic systems engaged in protein production and repair, it doesn’t matter whether amino acids come from animal or plant protein. However, protein is not consumed in isolation. So, the bottom line? To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Please consider volunteering to help out on the site.

7 Reasons Why We Have Not 'Evolved' To Eat Meat Robert Grillo, who wrote 5 Reasons Why Meat Eating is Not a Personal Choice, reviewed many of the comments raised by Care2 readers about the story and wrote a follow up intended to address the most common concerns and counter arguments on the subject. How many times have you heard someone justify their behavior based on the illogical premise that history somehow makes it right and assures its ethical legitimacy into the future? In fact, throughout history influential leaders and thinkers have used this same troubled logic to defend slavery, genocide, the oppression of women, racism, and discrimination based on a whole host of irrelevant criteria including sexual orientation, religion, color and now species. In my discussions with people both online and in person, I find this interpretation of history and evolution to be one of the most common “apologies” for meat eating I hear these days. 1. 2. 3. 4. Yet even in the face of these exciting new developments, groups like the Weston A. 5.

How to Enhance Mineral Absorption Iron is a double-edged sword. If we don’t absorb enough we risk anemia, but if we absorb too much we may be increasing our risk of colorectal cancer, heart disease, infection, neurodegenerative disorders, and inflammatory conditions. See my 3-min. NutritionFacts.org video Risk Associated With Iron Supplements. Other conditions that have been associated with high iron intake include Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, arthritis, and diabetes. Because the human body has no mechanism to rid itself of excess iron, we evolved to tightly regulate the absorption of it. Iron overload may be one of the reasons meat consumption has been tied to breast cancer risk. For more on breast cancer, some good videos to start with include Relieving Yourself of Excess Estrogen, Flax and Fecal Flora, and Broccoli Versus Breast Cancer Stem Cells. Only people with a confirmed diagnosis of iron-deficiency anemia should consider supplementing their iron intake, and even then it can be risky. -Michael Greger, M.D.

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