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Utilitarianism, Bliss & Suffering - Peter Singer & David Pearce

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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)?




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