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by yboris
Thu Nov 26, 2015 3:16 pm
Forum: Felicifia feedback and technical support
Topic: Felicifia doesn't display properly
Replies: 0
Views: 12552

Felicifia doesn't display properly

Looks like the CSS file is gone?
by yboris
Wed Dec 10, 2014 3:22 am
Forum: Animal welfare
Topic: Which animals are fine to eat?
Replies: 3
Views: 5832

Re: Which animals are fine to eat?

From what I understand, Bivalvia (oysters, clams, etc.) can be considered plants as far as ethics goes ... Does that also apply to krill or shrimp? Are there any other animals that we don't have to worry about eating? One important consideration is that many of these creatures are harvested in a wa...
by yboris
Mon Nov 24, 2014 6:55 am
Forum: Welcome to Felicifia
Topic: lucky me
Replies: 21
Views: 18029

Re: lucky me

Oh wow it's been a while. Might as well post an update. As of December 2014, I am about to celebrate 3 years with my partner; we'll be getting married next year. Few months ago we bought a trailer home in Morganville, NJ (close to the students that I tutor). Because it's a trailer home, it cost only...
by yboris
Mon Nov 24, 2014 6:46 am
Forum: Applied ethics
Topic: True Love
Replies: 7
Views: 7023

Re: True Love

This article seems possibly relevant: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/love-proof/201411/why-relationships-should-begin-the-head-not-the-heart The author praises arranged marriages because the scientific evidence suggests they are better in many ways. The conclusion is: I am suggesting we would b...
by yboris
Thu May 22, 2014 6:31 pm
Forum: Philanthropy
Topic: 0% capital-gains rate during a sabbatical year
Replies: 4
Views: 6528

Re: 0% capital-gains rate during a sabbatical year

In a related note, I heard from a Rutgers professor who has done this: if you're earning an income from your job during the sabbatical, but are away from the US soil for over a year, you don't have to pay any taxes on the money you earn . Worth keeping in mind and researching if this fits your situa...
by yboris
Mon Feb 11, 2013 2:51 pm
Forum: Welcome to Felicifia
Topic: Hello :)
Replies: 20
Views: 15491

updates?

Hey Jess, Update us with what's going on in your life. Have you maintained your interest in a kidney donation? Have you been influenced in any way by Alexander Berger from GiveWell who gave his kidney? http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/06/opinion/why-selling-kidneys-should-be-legal.html?_r=0 Cheers :D
by yboris
Wed Jan 09, 2013 6:56 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Derek Parfit's "On What Matters"
Replies: 2
Views: 2162

Re: Derek Parfit's "On What Matters"

Here is a well-written post trying to summarize 1,300 pages into 1,600 words: http://www.philosophyetc.net/2012/05/re ... tters.html :geek:
by yboris
Wed Jan 09, 2013 6:52 pm
Forum: Utilitarianism and friends
Topic: Cooperative Utilitarianism
Replies: 3
Views: 2873

Cooperative Utilitarianism

Have there been discussions of the idea of cooperative utilitarianism on Felificia? "The basic idea [of Cooperative Utilitarianism] is that each agent should proceed in two steps: First he should identify the other agents who are willing and able to co-operate in the production of the best possible ...
by yboris
Thu Dec 27, 2012 8:00 pm
Forum: Welcome to Felicifia
Topic: lucky me
Replies: 21
Views: 18029

Re: lucky me

Not to self-promote here, but I thought I should post an update. In 2012 I decided to start giving 50% of my pre-tax income to the most cost-effective charities I could find (thanks http://www.givingwhatwecan.org/ in getting me to start with 10%). Most of it has gone to Against Malaria Foundation (h...
by yboris
Mon Nov 26, 2012 9:17 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Would You Date A Non-Utilitarian?
Replies: 14
Views: 6202

Re: Would You Date A Non-Utilitarian?

One approach to answering the question is to start with the (hopefully obvious) statement that you'll never find somebody 'perfect'. Then you might realize that, for example, while you might like to have deep philosophical discussions with a partner, you could find a good company of friends that wil...
by yboris
Mon Nov 26, 2012 8:03 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Utilitarianism, Demandingness, and Fun
Replies: 15
Views: 5625

Re: Utilitarianism, Demandingness, and Fun

I have struggled this year with my charitable giving: I have pledged to give at least 50% of my pre-tax income to charity in 2012 but I saw that I could give more. Because of that I agonized over many purchases (money spent on every non-essential purchase could have gone to charity instead!). Psycho...
by yboris
Mon Nov 26, 2012 7:45 am
Forum: Utilitarianism and friends
Topic: Over population
Replies: 2
Views: 3188

Re: Over population

Sorry I didn't have the time to read what you posted, but wanted to share what I think is a very relevant and an important discussion by Toby Ord: http://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/videos/view/128
You can download the mp3 there :)
by yboris
Mon Oct 29, 2012 5:42 pm
Forum: Welcome to Felicifia
Topic: brand spankin' new
Replies: 5
Views: 5296

Re: brand spankin' new

Welcome!

Have you considered helping out with Giving What We Can? There is a local chapter next to you: http://givingwhatwecan.org/ucsd/

Cheers :D
by yboris
Sat Sep 29, 2012 9:42 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Some classic social studies summarised
Replies: 1
Views: 1702

Re: Some classic social studies summarised

Great link - great list! Thanks for the share :)
by yboris
Sat Sep 29, 2012 9:33 pm
Forum: Applied ethics
Topic: How often should you buy a new stock?
Replies: 6
Views: 4923

Re: How often should you buy a new stock?

I wonder what people think about LendingClub http://www.lendingclub.com/ They seem to have 9% annual return average for the majority of people using their investment service. The way it works is you lend money to people who are trying to consolidate their debt or just want a loan. Because some are p...
by yboris
Sat Sep 29, 2012 8:53 pm
Forum: Animal welfare
Topic: Converting people to vegetarianism
Replies: 32
Views: 118469

Re: Converting people to vegetarianism

There are good research-based health reasons that may be sufficient for some people to stay vegetarian; in time they might find other reasons besides health with which to justify their own behaviors. Self-perception theory is a (research-based and a reasonable) hypothesis that people first observe t...
by yboris
Sat Sep 29, 2012 8:43 pm
Forum: Welcome to Felicifia
Topic: Hello :)
Replies: 20
Views: 15491

Re: Hello :)

Hey Jess,

Great to see you here. I first saw your post a few months back but never responded; so rude of me, sorry :oops:

Hope all is well :D
by yboris
Tue Aug 21, 2012 3:16 pm
Forum: Philanthropy
Topic: Tips on personal finance
Replies: 8
Views: 18582

Re: Tips on personal finance

Excellent post!

I hope my tidbit about frugal living is of use to at least some: http://yboris.com/frugal.php

Also, in terms of investing, it looks like at LendingClub, investors can expect about 9% APR returns. I've been on it for over 2 years and I'm hovering at 13%
by yboris
Sat Aug 18, 2012 7:07 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Some interesting epistemology paper links
Replies: 2
Views: 2143

Re: Some interesting epistemology paper links

The most phenomenal book I've read in epistemology is: Epistemology and Psychology of Human Judgment by Michael Bishop and J.D. Trout http://www.amazon.com/Epistemology-Psychology-Judgment-Michael-Bishop/dp/0195162307 Here is a fantastic essay by Michael Bishop: IN PRAISE OF EPISTEMIC IRRESPONSIBILI...