Princeton bioethicist Peter Singer wrote an OpEd for the New York Times this weekend that argues for the importance of supporting the right charity. He uses the example of giving to a local museum verses donating to an organization that helps people with the blinding disease trachoma. He says giving to the trachoma work will yield much more value than giving to the museum.
Read More ›
Suppose you have a choice between visiting the art museum, including its new wing, or going to see the museum without visiting the new wing. Naturally, you would prefer to see it with the new wing. But now imagine that an evil demon declares that out of every 100 people who see the new wing, he will choose one, at random, and inflict 15 years of blindness on that person. Would you still visit the new wing? You’d have to be nuts. Even if the evil demon blinded only one person in every 1,000, in my judgment, and I bet in yours, seeing the new wing still would not be worth the risk.