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Principia Qualia: blueprint for a new cause area, consciousness research with an eye toward ethics and x-risk

Hi all, Effective altruism has given a lot of attention to ethics, and in particular suffering reduction. However, nobody seems to have a clear definition for what suffering actually is , or what moral value is . The implicit assumptions seem to be: We (as individuals and as a community)... Read More
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How many hits does hits-based giving get? A concrete study idea to find out (and a $1500 offer for implementation)

I have a project that I want to run by the community.   A while ago, Holden Karnofsky declared that the Open Philanthropy Project is dedicated to “hits-based giving” , a framework that accepts “philanthropic risk” where 90% of grants have zero impact but the number of grants that do... Read More
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A Different Take on President Trump

To advance the goal of viewpoint diversity within the EA movement, I requested that a friend of mine, "Henry", respond to  HaydnBelfield 's recent post  President Trump as a Global Catastrophic Risk .  I'm grateful that Henry wrote an extended reply.  Henry took a while on his response, and as a result,... Read More
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Donor lotteries: demonstration and FAQ

Suppose that Alice is trying to figure out how to do the most good with her donation of $1,000 this giving season, and can spend various kinds of resources to improve her decision. Unfortunately, many investments that could improve the decision quality would impose costs that are large relative to... Read More
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What the EA community can learn from the rise of the neoliberals

*By Kerry Vaughan* ( cross-posted from effectivealtruism.org ) Note: This post should not be taken as an endorsement of neoliberal ideas or policies. Instead, the post is intended to be a case study of how the neoliberals built an influencial intellectual movement over a relatively short perior of time. The... Read More
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CEA is Fundraising! (Winter 2016)

The Centre for Effective Altruism has begun its 2016 fundraising round. We’ve put together a document that summarises our activities, impact and mistakes in 2016, and plans for 2017. You can read it here (there’s an option to download it as a PDF file); we’ve also reproduced the executive summary... Read More
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EA Global 2017 Update

Overview The CEA team has started planning the EAG 2017 conferences. After considering the lessons from EA Global 2016 , as well as community feedback and survey results, we are planning to have three EA Global Events this year. The locations will be: Boston / Cambridge, MA - in May... Read More
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CEA Staff Donation Decisions 2016

In the lead-up to the December giving season, we asked some of the staff at The Centre for Effective Altruism where they're planning to donate this year. This is something  GiveWell  have done before, and we hope it's a useful resource for others thinking about donating. Read the whole post... Read More
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A new reference site: Effective Altruism Concepts

Posted on behalf of the research team at the Centre for Effective Altruism The effective altruism community has surfaced a number of important ideas, identified existing research which is relevant to decisions, and in some cases pursued its own valuable research. Although there is a vast amount yet to learn,... Read More
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The Unproven (And Unprovable) Case For Net Wild Animal Suffering. A Reply To Tomasik

Cross posted from my blog , but it makes more sense being here. This is quite long for the forum, at 5,500 words, so if it's too long I'd appreciate if someone told me what I'd need to cut it down to and I'll provide an edit or something. Abstract I’ve... Read More

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