Essays

Animal Ethics:

A Ilusão Conservacionista (Portuguese translation of a chapter in Speciesism)
Animal Advocates Should Focus On Anti-speciesism, Not Veganism (German; French)
Notes on the Utility of Anti-Speciesist Advocacy
On Insects and Lexicality
Reducing Extreme Suffering for Non-Human Animals: Enhancement vs. Smaller Future Populations?
Ten Biases Against Prioritizing Wild-Animal Suffering
Underappreciated consequentialist reasons to avoid consuming animal products
Making Our Concern for Non-Human Beings Common Knowledge
Reasons to include insects in animal advocacy
The catastrophic rise of insect farming and its implications for future efforts to reduce suffering
Four reasons to help nearby insects even if your main priority is to reduce s-risks

Artificial Intelligence:

When Machines Improve Machines
Consciousness – Orthogonal or Crucial?
The future of growth: Near-zero growth rates
Response to a Conversation on “Intelligence”
A Contra AI FOOM Reading List
Why Altruists Should Perhaps Not Prioritize Artificial Intelligence: A Lengthy Critique
Is AI Alignment Possible?
Chimps, Humans, and AI: A Deceptive Analogy
Two biases relevant to expected AI scenarios
Some reasons not to expect a growth explosion
What does a future dominated by AI imply?
Two contrasting models of “intelligence” and future growth

Consciousness:

Consciousness Realism
“The Physical” and Consciousness: One World Conforming to Different Descriptions
Thinking of Consciousness as Waves
Physics Is Also Qualia
Conversation with David Pearce about digital sentience and the binding problem

Epistemology:

Induction Is All We Got
The (Non-)Problem of Induction
Effective altruism and common sense

Long-Term vs. Short-Term Focus:

Short-Term vs. Long-Term EA Focus Depends on Annual Extinction Probability
An argument in favor of (fanatical) short-termism?

Ontology / Philosophy of Action:

Ontological Possibilities and the Meaningfulness of Ethics
A Brief Note on Eternalism and Impacting the Future
Explaining Existence
Why the Many-Worlds Interpretation May Not Have Significant Ethical Implications
Free Will: Emphasizing Possibilities

Psychology / Hidden Motives:

Narrative Self-Deception: The Ultimate Elephant in the Brain?
“Team victory” as a key hidden motive

Reason:

The Endeavor of Reason

Social Norms / Virtues:

In Defense of Nuance
Compassionate Free Speech
Why altruists should be cooperative
Against the “smarts fetish”
The dismal dismissal of suffering-focused views
Beware frictions from altruistic value differences

Suffering-Focused Ethics:

The Harm of Death (Russian)
Suffering, Infinity, and Universe Anti-Natalism
Darwinian Intuitions and the Moral Status of Death
Why I Used to Consider the Absence of Sentience Tragic
Suffering-Focused Ethics
The Principle of Sympathy for Intense Suffering
On purported positive goods “outweighing” suffering
Suffering and happiness: Morally symmetric or orthogonal?
Suffering-focused ethics and the importance of happiness
A phenomenological argument against a positive counterpart to suffering

Replies to Critiques of Suffering-Focused Views:

Note on Pummer’s “Worseness of nonexistence”
Comparing repugnant conclusions: Response to the “near-perfect paradise vs. small hell” objection
Point-by-point critique of Ord’s “Why I’m Not a Negative Utilitarian”
Reply to Gustafsson’s “Against Negative Utilitarianism”
Reply to Chappell’s “Rethinking the Asymmetry”
Comments on Mogensen’s “The weight of suffering”
Critique of MacAskill’s “Is It Good to Make Happy People?”
A thought experiment that questions the moral importance of creating happy lives
Reply to the “evolutionary asymmetry objection” against suffering-focused ethics

Cause Prioritization and Applied Ethics:

Moral Circle Expansion Might Increase Future Suffering
Antinatalism and reducing suffering: A case of suspicious convergence
Priorities for reducing suffering: Reasons not to prioritize the Abolitionist Project
Research vs. non-research work to improve the world: In defense of more research and reflection
Why I don’t prioritize consciousness research
Radical uncertainty about outcomes need not imply (similarly) radical uncertainty about strategies
Some pitfalls of utilitarianism
Distrusting salience: Keeping unseen urgencies in mind

Value Lexicality:

Lexical views without abrupt breaks
Clarifying lexical thresholds
Lexicality between mild discomfort and unbearable suffering: A variety of possible views
Lexical priority to extreme suffering — in practice
Reply to the scope neglect objection against value lexicality

Space Colonization and S-Risks:

Expected suffering on Earth vs. “weak” space expansion
On fat-tailed distributions and s-risks
S-risk impact distribution is double-tailed
Beware underestimating the probability of very bad outcomes: Historical examples against future optimism

Sustainable Activism and Productivity:

Resources for Sustainable Activism
Tips for overcoming low back pain

Old Blog:

magnusvinding.blogspot.com

Quora Exchanges with David Pearce:

On reference anti-realism
On personal identity
On the nature of mathematics

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