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Comment author: SimonRosenqvist 26 December 2015 07:29:46PM 2 points [-]

Upvote. This is a very nice analysis, and something I personally have been missing for a long time.

Regarding the PR-problem: it is worth noting that if the EA-movement has a negative net effect on total well-being - for example because of animal suffering resulting from encouraging human-centred aid - then it might be a good thing for the EA-movement to suffer such a problem. After all, if our movement shrinks in such a scenario, this increases total well-being. For this reason, whether the "PR-problem" is good or bad depends on the results of precisely these kinds of analyses.

Comment author: Tom_Ash  (EA Profile) 27 December 2015 01:47:30AM 1 point [-]

True. Of course, some people are confident that helping the global poor is positive overall, so can be straightforwardly concerned about the PR problem.