The pandemic has reminded me of a rather malicious and persistent trend among vegans. That the care for animal rights, the drive for the ethical treatment of sentient beings somehow stops at our own species. At times, this is expressed as outright misanthropy and antinatalism – that the very existence and propagation of humanity is […]Read more "The love of animals and hatred of humanity"
Since I started this blog it’s became more and more apparent that there is a need for an increased skepticism and a scientific approach to veganism. In the best of worlds, the following post wouldn’t be needed. The importance of truth First of all, science does not deal with absolute truths. I usually claim that it’s […]Read more "Skeptical veganism"
It happens that people ask me how to convince people to stop consuming animal products if you don’t appeal to health or the environment. Personally I try to avoid arguing for health or the environment as reasons to be vegan. The reason why I avoid arguing for veganism based on health or environment is simply […]Read more "Veganism – the ethics"
From time to time I see advocates of alternative medicine recommending various pseudoscientific remedies to fellow vegans. I think it’s quite frightening in many ways, but more seriously – it fuels the stereotype of an irrational vegan. Homeopathy Homeopathy is something that still is being recommended by various people and even used at medical centers […]Read more "Alternative medicine – Alternative reality"
Smallpox is a very horrible disease caused by an airborne virus. The symptoms are severe lesions all over the body, especially in the face. That, combined with influenza-like symptoms and death. Historically the average mortality rate of smallpox is 30%, but there are more deadly variants of the disease (Belongia & Naleway, 2003). Estimations point […]Read more "Why you should vaccinate"
The meat and milk industry, at least in Sweden, are claiming that their business is good for biodiversity. They are selling milk and meat, branding it as “produced in Sweden” and telling the consumers that it help gaining biodiversity. This seems to be the main strategy by the lobby organizations right now. The main argument […]Read more "Eating biodiversity"
An image that constantly circulates in various places is this: As much as I agree with veganism, distorting facts to make a point is not the way to go. In fact, it’s counterproductive. Definitions Herbivore An herbivore is an organism that feed exclusively or mainly on plants. Herbivores typically have adaptations towards a specialization of […]Read more "Humans are not herbivores"
One thing that really bothers me is the use of the word “natural” in arguments for… well anything. What does it really mean? From what I’ve seen the meaning is quite arbitrary. Definition Linguistically words of course have several meanings, but let’s ask the oxford dictionary for the meaning of ‘natural’: “Existing in or derived […]Read more "Naturally natural"
Something that seems to be worrying to a lot of people – maybe even more within the vegan community – are genetically modified organisms (GMO). My feeling is that this is mainly due to a lack of understanding of the technology rather than a sound skepticism. People seem to have the notion that GMO is […]Read more "The fear of GMO"