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Published on Mar 30, 2015
Sentience Politics co-founder Adriano Mannino speaks on the topic of "Effective altruism for all sentient beings: How can we save the most individuals with our limited resources?" at Basel University's Institute for Biomedical Ethics.
Effective altruism is a philosophy and social movement that proposes to use our limited resources (personal skill, time, money) so as to help the greatest number of others to the greatest extent possible. The talk addresses the following issues:
1) What is effective altruism (EA)? 2) Why EA? Which arguments speak in its favour? 3) Is there a conflict between emotion and reason – or are they complementary? 4) Why EA extends to non-human animals 5) Why EA necessitates “cause prioritisation”, and why the animal cause should be a political priority 6) Which donor and activist strategies can be expected to save the most sentient beings? How could current practice be improved?
--- Sentience Politics researches and takes strategic action for the well-being of all sentient individuals. “Sentience” refers to the ability to have conscious experiences, particularly to the ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness and suffering. As a matter of (neuro-)biological fact, this ability is not exclusive to humans but shared by non-human animals, too. It's the fundamental reason why we benefit from having rights and are harmed in their absence. Sentience Politics' strategic aim consists in finding the biggest and least controversial structural leverage points for reducing unnecessary suffering. Concern for all future human and non-human generations plays a crucial role, considering that they vastly outnumber the present generation.