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Published on Dec 3, 2015
Peter Singer & David Pearce discuss some of the long term issues with various forms of utilitarianism == Topics Covered - long term impacts of various forms of utilitarianism - consciousness - AI - reducing suffering in the long run and in the short term - practical ethics - preimplantation genetic screening to reduce disease and low mood - Lives today are worth the same as lives in the future - though uncertainty must be brought to bear in deciding how one weighs up the importance of life - the hedonistic imperative and how people react to it - correlation to high hedonic set points with productivity - existential risks and global catastrophic risks - closing factory farms - veganism and reducitarianism - red meat vs white meat - many more chickens are killed per ton of meat than beef - valence research - Should one eliminate all suffering? And should we eliminate emotions of happiness? - Are we going to be answer the question of how much suffering is present in different life forms (i.e. insects)?