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The Value of Thinking for Yourself

The Value of Thinking for Yourself

Posted on 10 January 2022 by

Why think for yourself? Sometimes thinking for yourself is necessary. Sometimes you are the expert, sometimes the experts (or their beliefs) are too hard to identify, and sometimes there’s not […]

Choosing a future for humanity: effective altruism and longtermism: Part 2

Choosing a future for humanity: effective altruism and longtermism: Part 2

Posted on 29 November 2021 by

In discussions among the charity evaluators whom I described in the previous post, Derek Parfit is often quoted as saying that we live at ‘the hinge of history’. What he […]

Choosing a future for humanity: effective altruism and longtermism: Part 1

Choosing a future for humanity: effective altruism and longtermism: Part 1

Posted on 15 November 2021 by

At one time, not so long ago, it was the mosquito nets. If you wished to give to £100 to charity, and you wanted your donation to do as much […]

Nudging for Changing Selves

Nudging for Changing Selves

Posted on 1 November 2021 by

When we go into a car showroom and we’re greeted by a series of sales assistants, one after the other, we tend to end up buying from the first person […]

Choosing for Changing Selves

Choosing for Changing Selves

Posted on 18 October 2021 by

Our values change. What we want, value, prefer, desire, and how much; for nearly everyone, these will be different at different times in their lives. Perhaps when you were younger, […]