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Comment author: caspar42 02 November 2017 09:48:43PM 4 points [-]

A few of the points made in this piece are similar to the points I make here: https://casparoesterheld.com/2017/06/25/complications-in-evaluating-neglectedness/

For example, the linked piece also argues that returns may diminish in a variety of different ways. In particular, it also argues that the returns diminish more slowly if the problem is big and that clustered value problems only produce benefits once the whole problem is solved.

Comment author: Ben_Todd 05 November 2017 03:36:27AM 1 point [-]

That's a good piece - we thought about many of these issues when working on the framework, and I agree it's not all clearly explained on the page.

Comment author: Arepo 06 November 2017 08:04:13PM *  0 points [-]

Just read this. Nice point about future people.

It sounds like we agree on most of this, though perhaps with differing emphasis - yy feeling is that neglectedness such a weak heuristic that we should abandon it completely, and at the very least avoid making it a core part of the idea of effective altruism. Are there cases where you would still advocate using it?