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Comment author: BenMillwood  (EA Profile) 13 May 2018 09:33:26AM 7 points [-]

There are many, many possible altruistic targets. I think to be suitable for the EA forum, a presentation of an altruistic goal should include some analysis of how it compares with existing goals, or what heuristics lead you to believe it's worthy of particular attention.

Comment author: Emanuele_Ascani 13 May 2018 10:15:24AM *  3 points [-]

I second this. Research in the area of cryonics could be an effective intervention, but proposing it in this way achieves nothing, since it doesn't do the actual work of assessing its impact per dollar. It doesn't even try.

Comment author: oge 14 May 2018 10:03:57AM 1 point [-]

I estimate it'll cost at least $1,000/yr to preserve a brain. That's about the cost of maintaining a family at global poverty levels.

I should have posted such calculations first before posting the excerpts. Thanks for your comments.

Comment author: Emanuele_Ascani 14 May 2018 04:05:02PM 1 point [-]

Interesting! How did you arrive at the $1,000/yr figure?

Comment author: oge 16 May 2018 07:12:40AM 1 point [-]

That's about the total annual cost of preserving a brain and spinal cord under an Alcor cryonics contract. I assume that the price paid while the patient are alive are roughly the same as the cost of preservation when dead.