Ghostless Machine

Overcoming polarization with philosophy

I’m Ariel Pontes and I think political polarization is one of the biggest problems of our time. That’s why I started a series of dialogues where I have friendly disagreements over controversial topics with a variety of guests. These conversations are guided by three core principles: scout mindset, non-violent communication, and radical honesty. When I’m not discussing with guests, I write about philosophy, science, rationality, and sociopolitical issues. I have a bachelor’s in computer engineering, a master’s in analytic philosophy, and I am a co-founder at Humanists Brazil and Effective Altruism Romania, where I do community building. Read more →

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🎙️Is veganism a moral obligation?

🎙️Is veganism a moral obligation?

Ariel PontesApril 25, 20231 min read

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Why unfalsifiable narratives are harmful

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A pragmatic approach to moral permissibility

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Who decides what’s transphobic?

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How free speech and open dialogue can help minorities

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How insights from different moral philosophies can help us find common ground

Moral illusions

Moral illusions

Ariel PontesFebruary 14, 20211 min read

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