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Evan_Gaensbauer comments on Effective Altruism as Global Catastrophe Mitigation - Effective Altruism Forum

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Comment author: Evan_Gaensbauer 17 June 2018 06:17:13PM 1 point [-]

One heuristic I use for writing is to try Writing Like I Talk from Paul Graham. Of course, I already tend to speak differently than most people. I find keeping my head in books changes how I think internally, and thus how I speak. It comes full circle when I write like I talk, which is different than most people talk or write. The perfect is the enemy of the good, and there are trade-offs in time taken to write. Another is to know your audience. The post in question was meant to be read by suffering reducers and those familiar with the work on the Foundational Research Institute, from whom I've already received good feedback from, so I relatively achieved my goal with my writing. Also, those posts are rougher on my personal blog, but I would edit them before I put them up on the EA Forum.

As long as it takes to read my stuff, I use a lot of words because it provides full context. For example, I'd hope someone familiar with academic jargon but relatively new to EA might come to fully understand the case of potential s-risks from terraforming, having come in knowing little to nothing about the subject. I'm aware I often use too many words, but when the time comes to make posts more accessible, I can and will do so. I appreciate this feedback though. Please feel free to provide feedback anytime. I update on it quite quickly, even from a single person. I wish more people felt comfortable doing so.

I wrote this post up because it will tie into a series of blog posts I'll be rolling out. When it's done, in context, I hope this post will make more sense. I'm going to be working with various EA organizations to bring remote volunteering opportunities to local EA groups to do direct work. I'm going to consult with Rethink Charity's research team to tighten up a model I have for coordinating teams together numbering in potentially hundreds of individuals. Soon time too may be a unit of caring.

Comment author: [deleted] 04 July 2018 05:00:44PM 0 points [-]

The perfect is the enemy of the good, and there are trade-offs in time taken to write. Another is to know your audience.

Of course. My comment was an offer of a data point, not a judgment that you're prioritising badly.

I'm going to be working with various EA organizations to bring remote volunteering opportunities to local EA groups to do direct work.

Have you chatted to David Furlong of Deedmob?