How Two EAs Got Published in the New York Times

This article was coauthored with Sophie Hermanns. Last spring, two EAs (us) were published in NYT as co-authors alongside Mark Bittman, writing about the consequences that factory farming has for human health. We were asked by several people to provide some brief tips about how to publish op-eds in similarly... Read More

Should we be spending no less on alternate foods than AI now?

Summary: As part of a Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA) grant, I have estimated the cost effectiveness of preparing for agricultural catastrophes such as nuclear winter. This largely involves planning and research and development of alternate foods (roughly those not dependent on sunlight such as mushrooms, natural gas digesting bacteria... Read More

In defence of epistemic modesty

This piece defends a strong form of epistemic modesty: that, in most cases, one should pay scarcely any attention to what you find the most persuasive view on an issue, hewing instead to an idealized consensus of experts. I start by better pinning down exactly what is meant by ‘epistemic... Read More

Inadequacy and Modesty

I'm posting my short new book here for discussion: Inadequate Equilibria: Where and How Civilizations Get Stuck . First chapter below, with the rest to follow over the coming days.   This is a book about two incompatible views on the age-old question: “When should I think that I may... Read More

Effective Altruism London - Strategic Plan & Funding Proposal 2018

This is Part 4 of a 4-part write-up, broken down as follows: Part 1. Impact assessment Part 2. General lessons on how to build EA communities Part 3. Specific lessons on running a large local community [pending] Part 4. Future plans and a request for funding   This document can be read as... Read More

Introducing fortify hEAlth: an EA-aligned charity startup

Overview   We’re engaging in an exciting entrepreneurship experiment:  can a new EA-aligned organization effectively reduce the burden of iron deficiency anemia and neural tube defects?  The burden is so large that we hypothesize that there exist opportunities for impact beyond already excellent work being done by major organizations. We... Read More

Why & How to Make Progress on Diversity & Inclusion in EA

This post is a collection of potential solutions I’ve come to over 3+ years of observing, experiencing, thinking about, reading material relevant to, and discussing issues of diversity and inclusion in the EA community, assisted by my experience in other communities.   “Diversity” is about representing people from diverse walks... Read More

Effective Altruism for Animals: Consideration for different value systems

Recently i've been giving more thought to the issue of diversity and inclusion in Effective Altruism, and part of this process included wondering how the Foundational Research Institute (FRI) had considered issues around diversity [i] and inclusion at its inception.   I didn’t initially find what I was looking for,... Read More

80,000 Hours' 20 most enduringly popular pieces of research

I recently wanted to see what content we’ve written in the past are still popular with readers. Our most visited pages are articles in  our career guide , or tools like our  career quiz ,  problem quiz  and  career decision tool , around which the site is designed. And of... Read More

Open Thread #39

Use this thread to post things that are awesome, but not awesome enough to be full posts. This is also a great place to post if you don't have enough karma to post on the main forum.

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