Matthew_Barnett comments on We Could Move $80 Million to Effective Charities, Pineapples Included - Effective Altruism Forum

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Comment author: Matthew_Barnett 14 December 2017 04:50:10AM 4 points [-]

Just a thought: if you think that earning-to-give is a good strategy, then this is one of the best things you can do as an effective altruist. Just to put things in perspective here, if you donated $50,000 to an effective charity for 20 years, then you would be doing just about as much good as merely leaving a good comment in that thread. I hope that helps to internalize just what's at stake here.

Just make sure that the Pineapple fund doesn't generate some animosity towards EA. If it takes 100 good reasons to change someone's mind, it only takes 1 really bad one to turn them away. The person doing the giveaway said that they are interested in the SENS foundation. This is pretty good evidence that they care about the long-term future. We might be able to do the most good if we focus our efforts on that cause area specifically.