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CEA's strategic update for February 2017

Below is CEA's strategic update for February 2017.  I'm going to take over sharing these updates. If you'd like to receive them by email just comment or contact me to let me know. I will be posting these updates on the CEA blog moving forward. I'm sharing this one here... Read More
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Hard-to-reverse decisions destroy option value

This post is co-authored with Ben Garfinkel. It is cross-posted from the CEA blog . A PDF version can be found here . Summary: Some strategic decisions available to the effective altruism movement may be difficult to reverse. One example is making the movement’s brand explicitly political. Another is growing... Read More
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Daniel May: "Should we make a grant to a meta-charity?" (Oxford Prioritisation Project)

Should we make a grant to a meta-charity? By Daniel May, Fellow. We're centralising all discussion on the Effective Altruism forum, so please comment here. Summary I introduce the concept of meta-charity, discuss some considerations for OxPrio, and look into how meta-charities evaluate their impact, and the reliability of these figures... Read More
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Alice and Bob on big-picture worldviews (Oxford Prioritisation Project)

By Tom Sittler, Director These are conversation notes from a conversation on 2017-03-02 where two Oxford Prioritisation Project members shared their big-picture worldviews. They talk about hard questions openly, without worrying about clearly explaining or rigorously backing their views to the usual standard of the Oxford Prioritisation Project blog. As... Read More
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[link] 'Crucial Considerations and Wise Philanthropy', by Nick Bostrom

On July 9th, 2014, Nick Bostrom gave a talk on Crucial Considerations and Wise Philanthropy at Good Done Right, a conference on effective altruism held at All Souls College, Oxford. I found the talk so valuable that I decided to transcribe it. You can find it here .
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Open Thread #36

Hello, EA Forum! Here is an open thread. I will kick it off by asking what thoughts people have on saving for retirement while donating more than a set 10% of income. I am likely to have a relatively high paying job within a few months and don't plan on spending... Read More
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Ethical Reaction Time: What it is and why it matters

By Matthew Gentzel and Ben Hoskin, cross posted here . People often dismiss the practical application of philosophical ideas such as the  trolley problem . In the problem an out of control trolley is racing down a track toward five workers who will not be able to get out of... Read More
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Sindy Li: "On DALY Disability Weights" (Oxford Prioritisation Project)

By Sindy Li, Fellow.  Our previous system of allowing comments on Google Document versions of our posts had some advantages, but led to unhelpful dispersion of comments. We are now trying a new policy of centralising discussion on the EA forum, so please comment here. Abstract I explain the concept... Read More
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Oxford Prioritisation Project: Version 0

By Tom Sittler, Director.  Our previous system of allowing comments on Google Document versions of our posts had some advantages, but led to unhelpful dispersion of comments. We are now trying a new policy of centralising discussion on the EA forum, so please comment here. Introduction On February 19, we... Read More
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Understanding cause-neutrality

I'm pleased to be able to share Understanding cause-neutrality , a new working paper produced by the research team at the Centre for Effective Altruism. ( PDF version .) Executive summary The term “cause-neutrality” has been used for at least four concepts. The first aim of this article is to... Read More

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