DDO account: https://www.debate.org/tejretics/
== Introduction ==
I’m a junior in high school who’s interested in economics (development economics in particular, as well as applied econometrics), political science (specifically public choice and the nature of political institutions), math, and statistics. I spend most of my free time reading interesting books, studying from random textbooks on subjects I like, taking online courses, blogging, watching things on Netflix, and listening to music. As a person, I’m fairly introverted and quite curious about things I’m interested in.
My life’s priority is to do as much as I can to help people in need (subject to the constraint of having a good quality of life for myself). I was born into a fairly large amount of social and economic privilege, especially relative to other people from the country I’m from, and being aware of that makes me feel a strong moral urge to do what I can to rectify social inequalities, on both regional and global levels.
== Beliefs ==
As far as personal beliefs go, I’m deeply uncertain on most things and increasingly unwilling to jump to conclusions. I think the best resolution to moral uncertainty is to (1) act as if moral realism were true (cf. Huemer’s ontological argument for moral realism) and (2) determine moral desirability based on expected value calculations (i.e., the product of the likelihood that an ethical theory is true and the importance that said ethical theory places on acting in a certain way). In this respect, I’m highly influenced by philosopher Will MacAskill. I think the most likely ethical theory, if moral realism were true, would be either preference utilitarianism or classical utilitarianism, though I’m open to being convinced otherwise. Moral uncertainty would typically entail respecting side constraints of human rights, though, even if they aren’t already entailed by rule utilitarianism.
I generally default to the consensus view (among experts who’ve studied the subjects in question) on positive questions, if such a view exists, unless I’ve thoroughly studied a particular issue (which I can say is true for very few issues). That generally leads me to centrist economic positions (including social policy and development), left-leaning positions on social issues, and high uncertainty on foreign policy. I’m also an agnostic atheist who is neutral about whether religion is a net positive force for society (though my intuition suspects that it is).