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Lila comments on Talking About Effective Altruism At Parties - Effective Altruism Forum

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Comment author: Lila 16 November 2017 09:52:36PM *  1 point [-]

I don't think most of these will convince people to share your views, often because they come from different moral perspectives. They seem too negative or directly contradictory for people to change their minds - particularly the ones on social justice. However, it might help people understand your personal choices. What have been your results?

Comment author: aarongertler  (EA Profile) 31 May 2018 07:50:16PM 0 points [-]

These are all composites -- I'm not giving these exact speeches, but I might borrow different examples at different times to use in conversations.

When used in context, with the specific people I think are likely to respond best, bits and pieces of these frames been fairly effective; something like 20 people I've introduced to this have gone on to donate some amount of money to an EA-approved charity.

The idea of using "different moral perspectives" is specifically to convince as wide a range of people as possible. Too many common EA arguments assume that everyone is consequentialist, deep down. But you do have to match the perspective to the person -- otherwise, the conversation can certainly backfire!