Cognitive biases and the moral consideration of animals

Moral intuitions and biases

The appeal to intuitions shouldn’t lead us to accept speciesism or other questionable moral views. Read more

Motivated reasoning and confirmation bias

Motivated reasoning is a biased mechanism of reasoning that affects the way we think about animals. Read more

Opposing changes for irrational reasons: the status quo bias

Status quo bias is a bias that causes people to have a preference for the current state of affairs or make a judgement that the […] Read more

Scope insensitivity: failing to appreciate the numbers of those who need our help

We often fail to assess properly what we should do when large numbers of individuals are affected. This is due to a cognitive bias called scope insensitivity. Read more

Availability heuristic: when our memory fails animals

We have a tendency to attribute more importance to certain issues according to the ease with which we can remember instances of them. Read more