cafelow comments on The Importance of EA Dedication and Why it Should Be Encouraged - Effective Altruism Forum

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Comment author: cafelow  (EA Profile) 06 May 2018 10:36:49AM 8 points [-]

The increased concern about downside risk has also made it much harder to ‘use up’ your dedication.

Thanks for articulating that - it was a undefined sense of ill-ease, that I now have words for. When I joined EA initially I naively thought everything I did (donating, outreach) was certainly net positive, and I could boldly dedicate away! The uncertainty I now feel about everything makes motivation harder and deprives me of the satisfaction I used to get (especially as my brain prefers to fixate on the possible negatives, rather than the expected value).

Comment author: John_Maxwell_IV 10 May 2018 02:54:51AM *  1 point [-]

A possible solution to this problem is to 'use up' your dedication in systematic research working to resolve important uncertainties.

Comment author: Evan_Gaensbauer 06 May 2018 07:33:16PM 1 point [-]

As I stated in this comment, it's far from a consensus actions like donating or outreach are of an ambiguous sign.