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So far Michael Plant has created 29 blog entries.

June 2017

The Philanthropist’s Paradox

By | June 24th, 2017|Philosophy|

Many people interested in effective charity worry about whether it’s better to give now or invest and give later. I’ve realised there is an additional […]

May 2017

A taxonomy of happiness interventions

By | May 18th, 2017|Happiness research, Philosophy|

Abstract: If we want to maximise happiness we should establish what the full range of options are first and then pick the best ones. As no […]

March 2017

Intuition Jousting: What It Is And Why It Should Stop

By | March 24th, 2017|General, Personal, Philosophy|

Word count: 1,152

Over the past year or so I’ve become steadily more aware of and annoyed by a phenomeon I’m going to call, for lack […]

Exploring hedonic adaptation and its implications for happiness maximisation

By | March 21st, 2017|Happiness research, Philosophy|

Word count: 4,163

  1. Introduction

If we want to increase happiness it follows we need to understand what makes people happy and for how long. In this […]

What Philosophy Should, But Won’t, Learn From Silicon Valley

By | March 16th, 2017|General, Personal, Philosophy|

We publish philosophy like hardware even though we write it like software.

Word count: 1,203

(update, 19/03/2017: I notice this has now been picked up on reddit in […]

What’s happiness for anyway? Why nature doesn’t want to keep us happy and what we can do about it. Public lecture at Oxford Brookes

By | March 1st, 2017|Happiness research, Media, Philosophy, Talks|

We’ve become wealthier, healthier, safer, smarter and long-lived over the last 60 years but, surprisingly, no happier. But if those things don’t seem to work, […]

January 2017

Advanced Tools and Techniques for Becoming Happier in 2017

By | January 16th, 2017|Happiness research, Personal, Philosophy|

Word count: 1,988

In the past, I’ve thought New Year’s Resolutions were a waste of time. If something is important enough to start, shouldn’t it be important […]

December 2016

Are You Sure You Want To Donate To The Against Malaria Foundation?

By | December 3rd, 2016|Happiness research, Philosophy|

Word count: 1,838

In advance of the Christmas charity season, GiveWell has announced that the Against Malaria Foundation (‘AMF’) is once again their top pick for the […]

November 2016

The Unproven (And Unprovable) Case For Wild Animal Suffering

By | November 25th, 2016|Philosophy|

5,467 words.


I’ve been surprised to learn recently that so many people I know in the effective altruism community believe there is more total suffering than […]

October 2016

Learning To Love The Rain

By | October 18th, 2016|Personal|

People hate rain. You don’t need to ask them. You can just tell. Brollys go up and eyes down as people hurriedly dodge puddles on […]

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