DDO account: https://www.debate.org/tejretics/
== Introduction ==
I'm a senior in high school. I joined DDO in early 2015. Many of the things I've said there are exceptionally stupid and I'd love to take back a lot of it.
I have some formal debate experience (predominantly in the World Schools format), though I was on DDO before I accumulated this experience or even started IRL debate. As far as my personality goes, I am introverted (though I am trying to develop better social skills), curious about how the world works, and am sometimes unemotional and blunt (I’m trying to change that, however). My MBTI personality is INTP-A (even though I'm aware that MBTI is mostly rejected as unreliable). My score on psychology-tools.com's Autism Spectrum Quotient was 29 out of a possible 50. Make of that what you will.
I’m interested in development economics, game theory, public choice, and moral philosophy.
== Values ==
I'm a moral realist, a bit of an intuitionist, and an ethical pluralist (i.e., I believe that, in the face of moral uncertainty, we should value a wide range of different things). However, I'm heavily influenced by utilitarianism, and believe that utilitarian considerations, in many cases, are more important than other values. I believe that individuals and societies have moral duties to assist those in need, that developed countries have moral obligations to care about citizens of developing countries as well, and that animal welfare is of massive importance. In my view, the world’s most pressing problems are (1) global poverty and its implications, particularly on public health, and economic prosperity more generally of people in the long-term future, (2) animal suffering, both on farms and in the wild, (3) global warming and other threats to environmental sustainability, such as air pollution, (4) the violation of human rights, particularly in the context of international conflict, (5) death, and (6) "catastrophic" risks apart from climate change, i.e., low-probability high-magnitude events such as pandemics and nuclear conflict.
I believe that the path to progress relies on (1) global priorities research, i.e., understanding what causes to prioritize in the face of limited resources (https://globalprioritiesinstitute.org/), (2) incentive design, to figure out how to ensure it is in the self interest of individuals and institutional actors to coordinate to solve social problems (https://slatestarcodex.com/2014/07/30/meditations-on-moloch/), and (3) understanding the nature of historic progress (https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/07/we-need-new-science-progress/594946/). I also think long-run sustainable economic growth is of prime importance, and is driven by better (more democratic) institutions, freer markets, and freer movement of labor, capital, and goods and services.