January 2018

‘What Are The Best Ways To Improve World Happiness? A Quick Look A Pain, Poverty, Drugs and Depression’ talk at Effective Altruism Global

By | January 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Abstract: All plausible moral theories agree increasing the happiness of currently existing people during their lifetimes is intrinsically good. Despite, or perhaps because of, this agreement, […]

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 […]

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 […]

September 2016

The Surprising Unimportance Of Saving Lives

By | September 19th, 2016|Philosophy|

Reading time: 11-15 minutes

When we think about doing good, saving lives is at the top of the list. Doctors, firefighters and Batmen […]

May 2016

If you had a billion pounds and an urge to maximise world happiness, what should you do?

By | May 5th, 2016|Happiness research, Philosophy|

What should a billionaire do to maximise human happiness?

Reading time: 11-14 minutes

[Note to reader. This is a draft 5,000-word essay that […]

October 2015

Matt Damon Must Die: Why ‘The Martian’ Is A Terrible Example Of How To Save A Life

By | October 2nd, 2015|Philosophy|

On the face of it, Ridley Scott’s film is a straightforwardly inspiring story of one man’s battle against the odds to survive until a gargantuan rescue […]

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