Peter_Hurford comments on EA Survey 2017 Series: Community Demographics & Beliefs - Effective Altruism Forum

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Comment author: Peter_Hurford  (EA Profile) 30 August 2017 04:53:48AM 4 points [-]

I don't think there is a difference between a moral duty and an obligation.

I admit that I'm personally confused about this too.


In 2015, there were more than 2000 respondents, right? Does this mean EA is getting smaller?

Yes, the 2015 survey had 2352 EAs, whereas we had only 1837 responses this year. Keen eye for catching that! It's something we've been thinking a lot about. I do not yet know whether this is a significant finding or indicative of EA getting smaller. I think we intend to write more about this soon.

Comment author: Robert_Wiblin 30 August 2017 08:39:33PM 2 points [-]

The difference is that the term obligation has a more negative valence than duty.