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1. What Is Moral Realism?

This is post one of a sequence of posts I am writing on moral anti-realism and moral reasoning.  Introduction To start off this sequence, I want to give a short description of moral realism; I’ll be arguing against moral realism in later posts, and I want to clearly explain what it is... Read More
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Do Prof Eva Vivalt's results show 'evidence-based' development isn't all it's cut out to be?

I recently interviewed a member of the EA community - Prof Eva Vivalt - at length about her research into the value of using trials in medical and social science to inform development work. The benefits of 'evidence-based giving' has been a core message of both GiveWell and Giving What We Can since they... Read More
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“EA” doesn’t have a talent gap. Different causes have different gaps.

There’s been a lot of discussion and disagreement over whether EA has a talent or a money gap. Some people have been saying there’s not that large of a funding gap anymore and that people should be using their talent directly instead. On the other hand, others have been saying... Read More
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Employee Giving incentives: A shared database... relevant for EA job-seekers and activists

At innovationsinfundraising.org we've put together a database  of information on what each of the firms in the FTSE100 do to encourage and support employee charitable giving.   Do they 'match'  employee donations,  and if so what are the rules for this (caps, maximums, restrictions)? Do they have a ' Payroll Giving ' ... Read More
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Worldview uncertainty

In this post, I will apply two methods used in dealing with moral uncertainty to a different problem, which is the one of choosing between radically divergent worldviews . Imagine a young and altruistically motivated graduate. As she learns more, her circle of moral concern expands from people near her... Read More
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Why founding charities is one of the highest impact things one can do

Track record and tractability Historically, some of the highest impact individuals in the EA movement and across the broader world have been people who founded effective charities. The difference between an average charity and the top charities is likely very large. Estimates for how large this difference is range from... Read More
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Remote Volunteering Opportunities in Effective Altruism

Introduction There is a lot of discussion in effective altruism about how to use one's career to do good, either through earning to give as a donor to effective charities or organizations, or with your time through direct work  at  one of those organizations. In geographic hubs like Oxford or... Read More
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Against prediction markets

Within the EA sphere, prediction markets have often been championed as a good solution for forecasting the future. Improved forecasting has been discussed many times as a cause area for humanity  to  make better judgements and generally improve institutional decision making.   In this post, I will argue that prediction... Read More
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A case for developing Aldehyde Stabilized Cryopreservation into a medical procedure (1/4)

This is an excerpt from a short story contained in the paper, Vitrifying the Connectomic Self: A case for developing Aldehyde Stabilized Cryopreservation into a medical procedure by Kenneth Hayworth of the Brain Preservation Foundation.    The year is 2030 and you go in for a neurological exam after your... Read More
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Cost-Effectiveness of Vaccines: Appendices and Endnotes

This essay was jointly written by Peter Hurford and Marcus A. Davis. Note that because of technical length restrictions on the EA Forum, this essay is the third part of three parts:  Part 1 , Part 2 , and Part 3. To see all three parts in one part, you can  view... Read More

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