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Peter Singer

If You Want To Save Lives, Become An Investment Banker: Philosopher

Reuters | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 07.27.2015 | Impact

LONDON, July 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Investment banking doesn't rank highly on most people's lists of ethical career choices, but according ...

Feeding the Elephant: How to Maintain Your Motivation to Give

Brad Hurley | Posted 05.13.2015 | Impact
Brad Hurley

Whenever I find myself giving in to temptation too frequently, I revisit the original sources that led me to my commitment.

What Do You Do With Your Optimism?

Rachel Elizabeth Maley | Posted 05.14.2015 | Impact
Rachel Elizabeth Maley

I make this decision because I am a proud proponent of "effective altruism" - a movement which values evidence and reason when choosing how best to direct our efforts to improve the world.

So You Want to be a "Radical" Philanthropist?

Leah Hunt-Hendrix | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Leah Hunt-Hendrix

Among other research and policy initiatives aimed reducing the maximum volume of suffering for the minimum philanthropic investment, GiveWell is sending mosquito nets to Africa, hoping to save children from malaria.

How Do You Live the Life of Utilitarianism?

Quora | Posted 06.23.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Quora

Utilitarianism says that we should always do what will have the best consequences for all those affected by our actions. "Best consequences" generally refers to well-being, in some sense, although utilitarians differ on whether this means happiness, and the reduction of suffering, or something like the satisfaction of preferences.

The New Social Movement of Our Generation: Effective Altruism

Melody Y. Guan | Posted 06.19.2015 | Impact
Melody Y. Guan

If universities are the bellwether of social change, as they have often been in times past, then the enthusiasm and captivation that EA has brought out at Harvard and other institutions of higher learning may well trickle to the rest of the population.

Why We Should Do Good by Giving Better

Rhema Hokama | Posted 06.16.2015 | Impact
Rhema Hokama

I think that if we're open to being challenged and eager to contribute, each of us will find that we can make a measurable difference by donating either money or time to bettering the lives of those who live with so much less than ourselves.

Dare to Be 100: Peter Singer's Mighty Voice

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 06.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

Yesterday I bought Singer's new book, "The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically." (1) I eagerly look ...

Peter Singer Argues for 'Effective Altruism' for Charitable Giving in His New Book

Marc Bekoff | Posted 05.27.2015 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

Whether you agree or disagree with Professor Singer's arguments I guarantee they will move you out of your comfort zones and make you think deeply about what you do with your money and if your charitable giving really does the most good you can do.

Nico Pitney

That Time A Hedge Funder Quit His Job And Then Raised $60 Million For Charity

HuffingtonPost.com | Nico Pitney | Posted 03.26.2015 | Good News

Elie Hassenfeld had an enjoyable and lucrative career in finance. Then he discovered an unusual passion. "I found myself staying up Friday nights t...

Is Donating Baseball Bats To Poor Kids Just As Important As Helping Hungry?

www.slate.com | Posted 03.26.2015 | Impact

Suppose someone walks by a pond and notices a bit of garbage floating in it. A devoted environmentalist, he wades into the pond, retrieves the garbage...

Nico Pitney

Here Are The Charities You Should Support, According To Data

HuffingtonPost.com | Nico Pitney | Posted 03.17.2015 | Impact

There are countless charities to choose from, and many do good work. But a precious few can say they dramatically improve or save people's lives in a cost-effective way, and then back up their claims with hard data.

How Do We Figure Out How Much to Share?

Joel Tauber | Posted 03.30.2015 | Impact
Joel Tauber

There are plenty of reasons to embrace the value of sharing, even if it's difficult to lump all of those reasons together into one philosophical framework.

No Ordinary Friday

Kate Grant | Posted 03.01.2015 | Impact
Kate Grant

The most extraordinary conversation I had this year almost didn't happen. The woman calling said her name was Lisa, and she'd called to thank me for a thank you letter I had sent to her for her recent donation.

Peter Singer: 'We Need To Be More Cautious With Our Caution'

The European | Lars Mensel and Max Tholl | Posted 11.26.2014 | World

Peter Singer is the world’s most prominent and controversial moral philosopher. He talked with Lars Mensel and Max Tholl about techno-skepticism...

Factory Farms of the Future: Part I

Sonia Faruqi | Posted 02.08.2014 | Home
Sonia Faruqi

The future of animal agriculture can be summed up in a single sentence by, appropriately, a science fiction writer. "The future is already here," said William Gibson, "it's just not very evenly distributed."

Consider the Slaughterhouse

Bob Comis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Bob Comis

The ultimate purpose of my farm, though not the whole point, is to raise animals to be slaughtered so that we can eat their meat. Though it is arguably better to treat an animal as an animal rather than a widget, in either case we are assuming that an animal does not have the same capacity for feeling as a human.

Nature's Riddle

Francis Levy | Posted 11.05.2013 | Science
Francis Levy

In a review of Ullica Segerstrale's biography of the evolutionary biologist William D. Hamilton, ("Inclusive Fitness," TLS, 8/2/13), Nature's Oracle: ...

Eating Animals: Compassion, Health and Planet

Chris Sosa | Posted 10.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Chris Sosa

We kill animals not because we need their flesh but because we want it for our consumption, clothing, decoration or any other completely unnecessary reason.

Optimize Taxes, Philanthropist!

Jens Martin Skibsted | Posted 09.01.2013 | Business
Jens Martin Skibsted

What if the multinationals, in the same way and by the same principles, had evaluated how much value states give back to their citizens, contribute to the welfare of the planet, and advance global welfare, and optimized taxes based on that?

3 Ways To Fix Philanthropy

business.time.com | Posted 06.26.2013 | Impact

As baby boomers barrel into retirement in larger numbers with better health and more energy than any previous generation, philanthropy is getting a ma...

Giving With a Big Heart and a Tough Mind

Kate Grant | Posted 01.03.2013 | Impact
Kate Grant

How many Ivy League professors have the guts to tell well-meaning donors to forgo giving to the Harvard Universities and Metropolitan Museums of the world and give to the charities that serve the neediest instead?

Confessions of a Meat Addict

Steve Heilig | Posted 07.08.2012 | Home
Steve Heilig

The New York Times Magazine's "Ethicist" just held an essay contest with the theme, "Is it ethical to eat meat?" The judges were an all-star roster fr...

"Speciesism: The Movie" May Change Your Worldview

Bruce Friedrich | Posted 05.21.2012 | Green
Bruce Friedrich

Not only does Speciesism: The Movie ask these life-changing questions, but it does so while taking viewers on an adventure that is tremendously entertaining and often laugh-out-loud funny.

What's St. Paul's Beef With Oxen? Animal Compassion In Light Of 1 Corinthians 9:9-10

Michael Gilmour | Posted 03.21.2012 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

My question is whether or not there is a way to read 1 Corinthians 9:9-10 that does justice to Paul while minimizing bias against nonhuman species among his readers?