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Why Think by Numbers?

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.

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Felicific Calculus

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 […]