• Insect Pain and Suffering by Humans: An Argument for Misanthropic Anti-natalism

    Author(s):
    Oliver D. Smith (see profile)
    Date:
    2022
    Subject(s):
    Insects, Pain in animals
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Antinatalism, Insects, Animal sentience, Biodiversity loss
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/5er9-3y15
    Abstract:
    Misanthropic anti-natalism argues it is unethical for humans to procreate because the human species inflicts an immense amount of pain and suffering (including painful death) on other humans, non-human animals and causes environmental degradation (such as pollution). This article tentatively estimates the number of insect deaths caused by humans worldwide each year is 10 quadrillion and argues since the vast majority of these deaths are painful, humans should refrain voluntarily from procreation and bringing new humans into existence.
    Notes:
    Paper was submitted to Journal of Controversial Ideas, but it was desk rejected on 15/08/2022. The author has self-published the manuscript with minor corrections.
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    Published
    Last Updated:
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