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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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The asymmetry and the far future

TL;DR: One way to justify support for causes which mainly promise near-term but not far future benefits, such as global development and animal welfare, is the ‘intuition of neutrality’: adding possible future people with positive welfare does not add value to the world. Most people who endorse claims like this... Read More
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Peter Singer no-platformed by pro-disability protestors at Canadian university

On the topic of politics and effective altruism, I was somewhat surprised 1 to see the following pop up in my Facebook feed: What began as two conflicting defenses of free speech soon hindered discussion of any kind, as the Effective Altruists and protesters battled with the volume to deafening... Read More
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Introducing CEA's Guiding Principles

Over the last year, I’ve given a lot of thought to the question of how the effective altruism community can stay true to its best elements and avoid problems that often bring movements down. Failure is the default outcome for a social movement, and so we should be proactive in... Read More
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Advisory panel at CEA

A few months ago, Will MacAskill (who is CEO at the Centre for Effective Altruism) proposed that given the problems arising in the community, some kind of body should be formed to make recommendations to the community on how to handle these problems. We looked into the possibility of forming... Read More
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Save the Date for EA Global Boston and San Francisco

There will be three 2017 Effective Altruism Global conferences: two smaller, topic-based events in Boston and the UK, and one broader community-focused event in California. Boston: Frontiers of Effective Altruism June 2-4, Harvard University Science Center , Cambridge MA EA Global Boston will focus on pushing the boundaries of effective... Read More
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Time sensitive actions to move billions in global health funding [Effective Altruism Lobbying]

Thanks to Scott Weathers and Julia Wise for their contributions to this post. All errors are my own. On March 16 th, several billion dollars in global health funding are up for allocation in the annual Congressional appropriations (budgeting) process. In effective altruism, we often talk about using our talents... Read More

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