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Capitalism and Selfishness

[From my blog ]. As effective altruists make increasing forays into politics, I thought it would be good to share what I have found to be one of the most useful conceptual distinctions in recent political philosophy. Many people think if you’re in favour of capitalism you have to be... Read More
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Cost-effectiveness analysis: drug liberalization holds promise as a mental health intervention

Cross-posted to the Enthea site . In a nutshell: If it polls well, a California ballot initiative that increases medical access to psychedelic drugs is a promising intervention in terms of DALYs averted. We estimate the cost-per-DALY-averted to range from $52,000/DALY to $442,000/DALY, with a best-guess estimate of $119,000/DALY. Full... Read More
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EA Survey 2017 Series: Donation Data

By Huw Thomas   The annual EA Survey is a volunteer-led project of Rethink Charity that has become a benchmark for better understanding the EA community. This post is the fourth in a multi-part series intended to provide the survey results in a more digestible and engaging format. You can... Read More
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The Turing Test

I'm happy to announce that the first episodes of Harvard Effective Altruism's podcast, the Turing Test , are already online. The first four episodes feature Larry Summers on his career, economics and EA Irene Pepperberg on animal cognition and ethics Josh Greene on moral cognition and EA Adam Marblestone on... Read More
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Enthea: recommended reading on psychedelics

Cross-posted to the Enthea site. Also, there's an atom feed now. Psychedelics have been receiving a lot of attention recently. Rather than write up another summary of psychedelic history and research, here are links to the best introductory writings we've seen so far: The case for psychedelics  ( a ) in ... Read More
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Ten new 80,000 Hours articles made for the effective altruist community

We've produced a lot of content tailored for people heavily involved in the effective altruist community as it's our key target audience. Here's a recent list: Why the long-term future of humanity matters more than anything else, and what we should do about it, according to Oxford philosopher Dr Toby Ord The life of... Read More
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Is EA Growing? Some EA Growth Metrics for 2017

This post was co-authored by Peter Hurford and Joey Savoie.   The EA Survey team at Rethink Charity (including myself) recently released initial data from the 2017 EA Survey  and will have more to follow it up. KBog made a comment on the EA Forum  noticing that the 2015 EA... Read More
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Which five books would you recommend to an 18 year old?

During EA Global San Francisco 2017, there was a panel discussion called "Celebrating Failed Projects." At one point, Nathan Labenz, the moderator,  asks , "What are some projects that you guys are harboring in the backs of your respective minds that you'd love to see people undertake even if, and... Read More
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Ideological engineering and social control: A neglected topic in AI safety research?

Will enhanced government control of populations' behaviors and ideologies become one of AI's biggest medium-term safety risks?   For example, China seems determined to gain a decisive lead in AI research research by 2030, according to the new plan released this summer by its State Council: https://www.newamerica.org/documents/1959/translation-fulltext-8.1.17.pdf One of China's... Read More
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EA Survey 2017 Series: Cause Area Preferences

By Eve McCormick   The annual EA Survey is a volunteer-led project of Rethink Charity that has become a benchmark for better understanding the EA community. This post is the third in a multi-part series intended to provide the survey results in a more digestible and engaging format. You can... Read More

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