Wedding ceremony in a grove of redwoods in Big Sur, California (Cedar and Pines Photography)

Dear friends and family,

This is the short story of how Kelly and I got married along with a ton of photos we want to share with family and friends. Thank you all for sharing this magical event with us, even though COVID-19 keeps us from being together in person.

How We Met

Kelly grew up in the Bay Area, and I moved there for the first time in the summer of 2014. I was an intern at a small research organization in the city, and she was an organizer at an animal rights group. …

Grandstanding gets likes. Bridge-building gets results.

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Today’s political discourse is rife with bad incentives. If you want to grow your online presence, likes and retweets come most easily from radical declarations of partisan views. On the left, this means faulting conservatives for everything in society taken to be bad or oppressive. On the right, this means seeing the cultural and institutional power of liberals and progressives as the reason for American decline. Left or right, gaining prominence online tends to require an ongoing commitment to forcefully denouncing the other side as solely responsible for the deepening rift in American life.

This applies to more than red-blue…

In praise of a moral framework that is clear, easy to apply, and gives us the cost-benefit tools to properly analyze key social tradeoffs

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Pandemics, we have discovered, bring an immediate and urgent focus to moral questions we thought we would have our whole lives to answer. As a result, we now find ourselves under siege from attention merchants, each vaunting their own moral perspective on this unique crisis and condemning the views of others as misguided and dangerous.

Amidst all the uncertainty, we may find clarity in our philosophy textbooks with a modern revival of classical utilitarianism.

Utilitarianism is a moral framework that says we should try to do the most good that we can, typically by maximizing happiness or the fulfillment of…

Note: This post is written from the perspective of effective altruism: working to make the greatest positive impact in the world by using evidence and reason. For an introduction to the subject, visit effectivealtruism.org.

As a movement, we should focus primarily on animal protection arguments, utilizing arguments based on the environment, human health, and economics when appropriate, but usually only as supporting arguments. …

Note: This post is written from the perspective of effective altruism: working to make the greatest positive impact in the world by using evidence and reason. For an introduction to the subject, visit effectivealtruism.org.

In the 1800s, the American public saw vegetarianism as a strange, puritanical lifestyle. Sylvester Graham and John Harvey Kellogg — a minister and medical doctor now known for their crackers and breakfast cereal, respectively — advocated a bland vegetarian diet to improve health, reduce sexual desire, and ward off immoral tendencies. They also recommended abstinence from alcohol and tobacco, vibration therapy, and frequent enemas. …

Jacy Reese Anthis

Social scientist and writer https://jacyanthis.com

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