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Heuristics from Running Harvard and Oxford EA Groups

Heuristics from Running Harvard and Oxford EA Groups   This post is co-authored by Aleš Flídr and James Aung. We thank Harri Besceli for helpful comments. Our friend Tobias also wrote an excellent post with a lot of overlap that we highly recommend checking out.   In our experience leading... Read More
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Empirical data on value drift

Why It’s Important to Know the Risk of Value Drift   The concept of value drift is that over time people will become less motivated to do altruistic things. This is not to be confused with changing cause areas or methods of doing good. Value drift has a strong precedent... Read More
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Applying EA Measures to Peacebuilding and Violent Conflict

Hey folks, As an effective altruist-minded founder, I've been working to find ways to bring EA values and measures into a space that is relatively behind in terms of scientific rigor: Peacebuilding.  I recently wrote an op-ed outline the scope, neglectedness, and potential for innovation in the field, which you... Read More
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[Draft] Fighting Aging as an Effective Altruism Cause

Fighting Aging as an Effective Altruism Cause:  A Model of the Impact of the Clinical Trials  of Simple Interventions   Abstract: The effective altruism movement aims to save lives in the most cost-effective ways. In the future, technology will allow radical life extension, and anyone who survives until that time... Read More
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Excerpt from 'Doing Good Better': How Vegetarianism Decreases Animal Product Supply

Over the last few years I've seen debates among EA community members over whether one's economic choices as a vegetarian have any effect on the supply of animal meat produced in industry. This has always perplexed me, as Will MacAskill wrote in  Doing Good Better about the mechanism by which... Read More
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The person-affecting value of existential risk reduction

Introduction The standard motivation for the far future cause area in general, and existential risk reduction in particular, is to point to the vast future that is possible providing we do not go extinct (see Astronomical Waste ). One crucial assumption made is a 'total' or 'no-difference' view of population... Read More
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Comparative advantage in the talent market

The concept of comparative advantage is well known within the Effective Altruism community. For donations, it is reasonably well known and implemented, think of donor lotteries or donation trading across countries to take better advantage of tax exemptions. In this post I’m outlining how the idea of comparative advantage can... Read More
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UK Income Tax & Donations

For anyone donating their income, being aware of tax rules and making proper use of available deductions can result in significantly increased donations. There are some existing resources on US tax rules (e.g. Ben Kuhn's post ), but I hadn't come across any for UK tax rules yet.  So in the... Read More
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Compilation of 32 new(ish) 80,000 Hours research pieces for the effective altruist community

Here is a list of new 80,000 Hours content since we wrote our previous update  for this forum last September, in chronological order. Note that a lot of our new ideas now come out through  our podcast  - you can subscribe by searching for 80,000 Hours  in any podcasting app. Another way to stay up... Read More
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Review of CZEA "Intense EA Weekend" retreat

In March the members and friends of the Czech Association of Effective Altruism (CZEA) met for a weekend long intense retreat (you can read more about CZEA in this  post ). We would like to share our experience in case any EA group was interested in doing something similar. We also... Read More

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