The US spends over $60 billion on weight loss products, yet it would only cost $30 billion to end world hunger.
You have a 1 in 96 chance of dying of an opioid overdose. You have a 1 in 7 chance of dying of cancer. It’s extremely easy to avoid dying from an overdose. Just don’t use opioids. So why is the opioid “epidemic” given so much more attention by politicians and the media?
The people who developed dementia spent an average of 17 percent of their sleep time in REM sleep, compared with 20 percent for those who did not develop dementia. The researchers found that for every 1-percent reduction in REM sleep, there was a 9-percent increase in the risk of dementia. Do you know how to […]
The US accounts for about 37 percent of total global military spending, but only represents 4.4 percent of the world’s population. World military spending totaled more than $1.6 trillion in 2015. The U.S. accounted for 37% of total global military spending.
The entire US Federal Budget alone is $4.4 trillion and the US population is 328,316,410. Dividing the US budget by the US population produces $13,401 in federal spending per American. $1.87 trillion in state spending produces $5,695 per person in state government spending. $1.99 trillion in local spending produces $6,061 per person in local government spending. Total […]
The average American pays $10,489 in “personal taxes,” representing 14% of the average household’s total income. This $10,489 includes: federal income taxes state income taxes personal property taxes vehicle taxes other small taxes However, the entire US Federal Budget alone is $4.4 trillion and the US population is 328,316,410.
The cause of the US financial crisis is simple. It’s debt. This is a very simple and graphical evidence-based explanation of what caused the collapse.
The US spends more than $500 million per victim on anti-terrorism efforts. However, cancer research spending is only $10,000 per victim. Evolutionary psychology may offer an explanation for this irrational threat amplification.
Many Americans consider Iran to be a psychopathically violent nation that would be willing to commit suicide in order to kill as many Americans as possible. The statistics behind historical Iranian US relations do not support this view.
The financial sector receives more of the average paycheck than any other sector of the economy. Its share of the economy totals $2 trillion dollars. In 1985, the financial sector earned less than 16% of domestic corporate profits. Today, it’s over 40%. In the 1960s, finance and insurance accounted for only 4% of GDP, whereas in 2007 […]
There’s less than a 0.00001% chance that your vote will be the tiebreaker that decides the outcome of a national elections.You are more likely to be injured in a car accident driving to the polls (0.002% chance). Hence, if you are trying to make a practical improvement in your life and those of your loved ones, it is much more rational to just stay home on election day.
This is a rigorous analysis from the brilliant utilitarian mind of Brian Tomasik originally published at http://www.utilitarian-essays.com in 2005. I made this graph in 2007 to try to illustrate his point visually. Abstract. Consuming equal weights of different animal products may produce vastly different expected amounts of direct suffering. Farmed seafood may cause the most, followed by poultry products. […]
A world without disease, starvation, violence, and suffering is the ultimate destination of humanity. Getting there will require voters to base their decisions on statistical cost-benefit analyses instead of irrational emotions. The power of numbers can make utopia a reality.
World governments are spending $1.8 TRILLION each year finding ways to murder us and destroy our property.
Dear President Obama, I know you’re very busy, so I’m very sorry to bother you with this. However, I think what I have to say too important for you to ignore. I appreciate that you are trying to make the world a better place. I respect you as a person. Against all adversity you have achieved some very amazing […]
The mythology of effective Keynesian centralized economic planning is born of the same mother as the mythology of creationist intelligent design. Both of these fantasies arise as a result of the human mind’s inability to deal with complex systems.
Gross domestic product (GDP) is the value of all final goods and services produced within a country. The reason GDP matters is that it is directly correlated to a reduction in human suffering. Economic growth is the primary differentiating factor between a life lived in the US and a life lived in North Korea. Economic growth is the […]
Jonathan Baron proposes this Utilitarian Party platform: Utilitarians try to help people achieve their rational goals. We focus on the issues where policies can make a big difference. We count all people. We are internationalists. We are concerned with what is best for the world, not just the U.S., or our race or people with the […]
Infographics on the distribution of wealth in America, highlighting both the inequality and the difference between our perception of inequality and the actual numbers. The reality is often not what we think it is.
In response to recent allegations that Anheuser-Busch has been watering down its beer to boost profits, my lab used gas chromatography with flame ion detection to determine if this was indeed the case. Our analyses suggest with greater than 99% certainty that Budweiser is, and shall remain, the king of beers. Beer lovers around the world can […]
On Sept. 10, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld declared war. Not on foreign terrorists, “the adversary’s closer to home. It’s the Pentagon bureaucracy,” he said. He said money wasted by the military poses a serious threat. “In fact, it could be said it’s a matter of life and death,” he said. Rumsfeld promised change but […]
A multitude of constantly updated world statistics that puts the current state of human existence—on this lonely blue orb—in tidy perspective!
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential was the result of an ambitious effort to collect and present information on the problems with which humanity perceives itself to be confronted. It aims to clarify the challenges such problems represent to concepts, values and development strategies. The Encyclopedia encourages the discovery of a new conceptual dynamic for […]
From algosphere.org: ALGONOMY : A FRAMEWORK FOR DEALING WITH SUFFERING All major spheres of human activity deal in one way or another with suffering: politics, religion, healthcare, social affairs, economics, law, art, literature, philosophy, ethics, the news media, environmental studies, education, science, history, war, crime, work, sport, interpersonal relationships, personal life, etc. Suffering is implicated in […]
The felicific calculus is an algorithm for calculating the degree or amount of pleasure that a specific action is likely to cause. The algorithm is also known as the utility calculus, the hedonistic calculus and the hedonic calculus. Variables, or vectors, of the pleasures and pains included in this calculation, which Bentham called “elements” or “dimensions“, were: Intensity: How strong is the pleasure? Duration: How long […]