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by DanielLC
Mon May 04, 2015 9:24 pm
Forum: Animal welfare
Topic: Antinatalist solution to WAS - curious to hear your thoughts
Replies: 15
Views: 21855

Re: Antinatalist solution to WAS - curious to hear your thou

(Spoiler: It does not feature any discussion of nuclear first-strikes against nature.)
How about second strike if they nuke us first?
by DanielLC
Thu Mar 12, 2015 12:05 am
Forum: Animal welfare
Topic: Antinatalist solution to WAS - curious to hear your thoughts
Replies: 15
Views: 21855

Re: Antinatalist solution to WAS - curious to hear your thou

but it should be clear to anyone that dropping nukes is the last thing to do if one wants to reduce suffering, as it causes horrible deaths It's an even less desirable option than killing them all painlessly, but it's easier, which means that we can get it done earlier, so it prevents that much suf...
by DanielLC
Wed Mar 11, 2015 5:18 am
Forum: Animal welfare
Topic: Antinatalist solution to WAS - curious to hear your thoughts
Replies: 15
Views: 21855

Re: Antinatalist solution to WAS - curious to hear your thou

Mass euthanasia or sterilizing is not yet an option either. We can't kill them all yet, but we could do a lot just from nuking a few rainforests. At the very least, we can stop feeling bad about cutting them down. Painless euthanasia would be preferable, but if that means we have to put it off long...
by DanielLC
Tue Mar 10, 2015 5:49 am
Forum: Animal welfare
Topic: Antinatalist solution to WAS - curious to hear your thoughts
Replies: 15
Views: 21855

Re: Antinatalist solution to WAS - curious to hear your thou

Our killing of cats and dogs is not an expression of ethical care for them, but instead the exact opposite: it is something we do because we do not care enough about them, and because they are commodities that we have "produced" too many of. If we didn't care about them, we'd just leave them alone....
by DanielLC
Sun Mar 08, 2015 8:38 pm
Forum: Animal welfare
Topic: Antinatalist solution to WAS - curious to hear your thoughts
Replies: 15
Views: 21855

Re: Antinatalist solution to WAS - curious to hear your thou

I fail to see how there can be any doubt about that wild animals' lives are generally not worth living, especially when one considers the fierce war that is evolution and what it inevitably throws at sentient life. It's not a question of what is thrown at sentient life. It's a question of how senti...
by DanielLC
Sat Mar 07, 2015 9:05 pm
Forum: Animal welfare
Topic: Antinatalist solution to WAS - curious to hear your thoughts
Replies: 15
Views: 21855

Re: Antinatalist solution to WAS - curious to hear your thou

It's irreversible, so it's important to be sure that wild animals' lives aren't worth living, but if they're not, I'm all for wiping them out. I think the only technically feasible solution would be mass euthanasia. We can't just sterilize all of the animals.
by DanielLC
Tue Dec 02, 2014 5:22 pm
Forum: Applied ethics
Topic: The Expected Utility of Sex
Replies: 4
Views: 17704

Re: The Expected Utility of Sex

Can't you just use redundant birth control? If you have sex regularly with just a condom, there is a 2% chance of pregnancy in a given year. This means the actual failure rate is much lower. Using another kind of birth control seems like it could easily bring the failure rate down below 0.001% per y...
by DanielLC
Sat Nov 29, 2014 8:07 pm
Forum: Animal welfare
Topic: Which animals are fine to eat?
Replies: 3
Views: 5561

Which animals are fine to eat?

From what I understand, Bivalvia (oysters, clams, etc.) can be considered plants as far as ethics goes. Insects probably don't feel much pain, but even if they do, factory farming them would be ethically raising them. Does that also apply to krill or shrimp? Are there any other animals that we don't...
by DanielLC
Mon Nov 24, 2014 3:28 am
Forum: Animal welfare
Topic: LessWrong article on Effective Altruism and Veg*nism
Replies: 0
Views: 6862

LessWrong article on Effective Altruism and Veg*nism

Someone posted the article When should an effective altruist be vegetarian on LessWrong. I think it may be helpful if some people from here post.
by DanielLC
Thu Nov 20, 2014 10:02 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: A Formula Modification
Replies: 1
Views: 3562

Re: A Utilitarianism Variant

You can simplify this a lot. Let g(w) = w-f(w). D = f(w_0) - f(w_1) = (w_0 - g(w_0)) - (w_1 - g(w_1)) = (g(w_1) - g(w_0)) - (w_1 - w_0), and V_v(O) = V(O) + ΣD_i = Σw_i + ΣD_i = Σ(w_i + D_i) = Σ(w_i1 + (g(w_i1) - g(w_i0)) - (w_i1 - w_i0)) = Σ(g(w_i1) - g(w_i0) + w_i0) = Σg(w_i1) + Σ(w_i0 - g(w_i0)) ...
by DanielLC
Fri Sep 26, 2014 8:48 pm
Forum: Applied ethics
Topic: Pamphlet
Replies: 2
Views: 4420

Re: Pamphlet

They had some in the files section. Thanks.
by DanielLC
Fri Sep 26, 2014 6:11 am
Forum: Applied ethics
Topic: Pamphlet
Replies: 2
Views: 4420

Pamphlet

I'm attending a Brony club opening social, and it was suggested that I bring some sort of pamphlet for a charity like SCI. I can't find anything like that I could print out for SCI or GiveWell or GivingWhatWeCan. Does anyone have any idea what I could use? Should I just write some short list of link...
by DanielLC
Mon Sep 01, 2014 4:39 am
Forum: Applied ethics
Topic: Earthquake Prediction Project
Replies: 35
Views: 20562

Re: Earthquake Prediction Project

But no earthquake would be negative infinity on the Richter scale. Zero is still a tenth as strong as one.
by DanielLC
Fri Aug 29, 2014 8:56 pm
Forum: Applied ethics
Topic: Earthquake Prediction Project
Replies: 35
Views: 20562

Re: Earthquake Prediction Project

I had a feeling it was something like that. Any idea why the linear model didn't do that?
by DanielLC
Thu Aug 28, 2014 6:06 pm
Forum: Applied ethics
Topic: Earthquake Prediction Project
Replies: 35
Views: 20562

Re: Earthquake Prediction Project

How exactly do you measure the false positive rate? There's a huge number of earthquakes that don't happen.
by DanielLC
Thu May 29, 2014 4:00 am
Forum: Animal welfare
Topic: Ethically raised animals
Replies: 2
Views: 5076

Ethically raised animals

I am not against eating animals. I am against how they tend to be raised. I think that's the common view here. My parents buy meat from a place where they apparently let people tour, which seems to make it pretty unlikely that they're raising the animals badly. I don't really know enough about this ...
by DanielLC
Wed May 28, 2014 8:21 pm
Forum: Animal welfare
Topic: Vitamin B12
Replies: 2
Views: 5052

Vitamin B12

I've heard vitamin B12 is hard for vegetarians to get enough of. Should I be getting supplements for it? If so, do I need to make sure it's not from animal sources, or does it have such a small effect on the meat market that I shouldn't worry about it if I'm okay with drinking milk? Also, are there ...
by DanielLC
Mon Apr 28, 2014 6:05 pm
Forum: Applied ethics
Topic: True Love
Replies: 7
Views: 6662

Re: True Love

I don't know if it refers to a singe universally accepted set of emotions, but I have some idea where it is, and it has more to do with emotions than thought.
by DanielLC
Mon Apr 28, 2014 5:57 am
Forum: Applied ethics
Topic: True Love
Replies: 7
Views: 6662

Re: True Love

True Love already has a definition. Redefining it would cause confusion. True Love does not mean valuing them more. It just involves empathy and a form of respect. These will appear to lead to you valuing them more, and you almost certainly will if you are not a Utilitarian, but they are not the sam...