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Comment author: Denise_Melchin 06 May 2018 09:26:06AM *  9 points [-]

Another factor leading to dedication being emphasized less might be that people are less motivated to be dedicated these days. The growth of the movement and the funding available have resulted in an individual’s EA contributions mattering far less than they used to.

The increased concern about downside risk has also made it much harder to ‘use up’ your dedication. A few years ago you could at least always do some outreach - now it’s commonly considered far less clear the sign on that is positive.

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.