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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?

Rationing And The NICU: An Interview With Catholic Ethicist Charles C. Camosy

Christine A. Scheller | Posted 10.24.2011 | Religion
Christine A. Scheller

We're already rationing health care, Fordham University ethicist Charles C. Camosy argues in his book, so why not reconsider the resources expended on premature babies?

Should You Save a Drowning Child?

Saundra Schimmelpfennig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Saundra Schimmelpfennig

In The Life You Can Save, the author asks -- if you see a child drowning and there is no one else around, would you wade in to save the child knowing that in doing so you will ruin your expensive shoes and be late for work?

What Would You Do With a Billion Dollars?

Tony Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Tony Schwartz

Today, Americans donate an average of 2 percent of their gross income to charitable causes. But what if the richest people gave much more away (and still kept a lot)?

As Revolutionary As the Introduction of Gunpowder: Peter W. Singer on Drone Warfare

Ian Masters | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ian Masters

We don't know the legality of drone warfare, because right now we're at the stage of simply denying that it even happens.

An Open Letter to the Animal Liberation Front and their Supporters

Eric Michael Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Eric Michael Johnson

The terror tactics used against the family of UCLA neuroscientist Dario Ringach has completely undermined the moral authority that your movement hoped to achieve.

Philanthropy and the Economic Crisis

Georgia Levenson Keohane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Georgia Levenson Keohane

This week and next I am a guest blogger at The Center for Effective Philanthropy. My posts address philanthropy and the economic crisis, and include ...

Do Atheists Borrow Religion's Morality?

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Frank Schaeffer

If you deprive people of the solace of a moral system of meaningful connection with something bigger than themselves, you aren't just stripping away window dressing, but demolishing the supporting structure of a happy life