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Toby_Ord comments on Kidney donation is a reasonable choice for effective altruists and more should consider it - Effective Altruism Forum

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Comment author: Toby_Ord 19 November 2014 03:18:08PM 5 points [-]

I'm inclined to agree with Ryan's argument here. One way I look at it is that I wouldn't donate a kidney in order to get $2,000 (whether that was to be spent on myself or donated to effective charities), or equivalently, that I am prepared to pay $2,000 to keep my second kidney. This means that, for me at least, donating is dominated by extra donations.

I am surprised that this comes out as close as it does though. If we didn't have quite so effective charities, kidney donation would be a great option.

Comment author: RyanCarey 19 November 2014 04:36:29PM 0 points [-]

Yes, so long as you decide your actions in a purely impartial manner. If some self-interest is mixed in, then kidney donation doesn't look so good anymore.