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How long does it take to research and develop a new vaccine?

This essay was jointly written by Peter Hurford and Marcus Davis. Interventions related to vaccines seem to be highly cost-effective. The World Health Organization calls vaccines “one of the most powerful and cost-effective of all health interventions." ( WHO, 2009 , pXIV) and the Copenhagen Consensus says that "[v]accination may... Read More
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2017 LEAN Statement

Hello! I’m Richenda, Manager of LEAN (the Local Effective Altruism Network). In March I assumed responsibility for the project, having previously worked on it in 2015 and 2016 under Tom Ash. The aim of this post is to keep the EA community informed about our operations, and to share some... Read More
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Hi, I'm Luke Muehlhauser. AMA about Open Philanthropy's new report on consciousness and moral patienthood

Hi EA Forum, I'm Luke Muehlhauser and I'm here to answer your questions and respond to your feedback about the report on consciousness and moral patienthood I recently prepared for the Open Philanthropy Project . I'll be here today (June 28th) from 9am Pacific onward, until the flow of comments drops... Read More
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Can we apply start-up investing principles to non-profits?

How do you find the best non-profits to donate to? This is an important question that is critical to effective altruism. One suggestion comes from Holden Karnofsky at the Open Philanthropy Project, who describes a strategy called “hits-based giving” . In this framework, you make a number of investments, some... Read More
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Getting to the Mainstream

  I’ve spent a lot of time thinking and writing about how we ought to live. The aim has always been to get people to behave more ethically, and so to bring about a better world.  The Life You Can Save (TLYCS), an organization I founded and which I now... Read More
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Earning to Give as Costly Signalling

There's a background belief that informs a lot of my Effective Altruism thinking, that might be a good time to challenge: I think most of the value of most earning-to-give is primarily a sort of costly signaling to attract the attention of the extremely rich (who completely dwarf the funding capabilities... Read More
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The Philanthropist’s Paradox

TL;DR. Many effective altruists wonder whether it's better to give now or invest and give later. I’ve realised there is an additional worry for those who (like me) are sceptical of the value of the far future. Roughly, it looks like such people are rationally committed to investing their money... Read More
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Upcoming AMA with Luke Muehlhauser on consciousness and moral patienthood (June 28, starting 9am Pacific)

Luke Muehlhauser of the  Open Philanthropy Project  recently published a  major report  on animal consciousness and the question of "moral patienthood" — i.e. which beings merit moral concern? The purpose of the report is to inform Open Phil's grantmaking, especially in its  farm animal welfare  focus area. Luke would like... Read More
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80,000 Hours articles aimed at the EA community

We've recently produced a few significant pieces that we expect to be of interest to people who are quite involved in the effective altruism community: Career review of Working at effective altruist organisations Guide to working in AI policy and strategy The 80,000 Hours podcast . First episode: ' The world... Read More
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What is valuable about effective altruism? Implications for community building

If we’re interested in building the best version of effective altruism, it’s natural to spend some time thinking about why people should join. Presumably people should join because it’s valuable, but how is it valuable? In fact there are a couple of different versions of the question, according to whose... Read More

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