Links from Last three months

Changes to the EA Forum

Over the last several years, the EA Forum has been run on a volunteer-led basis. Given how much the EA community has grown, the volunteers who have been running the Forum have decided to transition primary responsibility for the  EA Forum to the Centre for Effective Altruism. In practice, this... Read More

A mental health resource for EA community

A lot has been written about handling depression and anxiety, and with good reason! They are very common and can be very debilitating. But this piece addresses some less common problems: mania and psychosis. These are not as commonly understood, so people are often ill-equipped to recognize or handle them... Read More

Hi, I'm Luke Muehlhauser. AMA about Open Philanthropy's new report on consciousness and moral patienthood

Hi EA Forum, I'm Luke Muehlhauser and I'm here to answer your questions and respond to your feedback about the report on consciousness and moral patienthood I recently prepared for the Open Philanthropy Project . I'll be here today (June 28th) from 9am Pacific onward, until the flow of comments drops... Read More

Introducing Sentience Institute

We’re excited to announce the launch of a new EA organization, Sentience Institute (SI). It’s a new think tank dedicated to the expansion of humanity’s moral circle. We envision a society in which the interests of all sentient beings are fully considered, regardless of their sex, race, species, substrate, location,... Read More

Physical punishment of children: the neglected $3.6 trillion/year? problem

Trigger warning: child abuse, physical punishment, violence, human rights abuse, animal cruelty, depression, suicide Introduction In this article, I will discuss an issue which I think EAs or EA organizations should give due attention to but haven't much yet ("neglected"), physical punishment of children ( non-adult humans ). According to... Read More

An Argument for Why the Future May Be Good

In late 2014, I ate  lunch with an EA who prefers to remain anonymous. I had originally been of the opinion that, should humans survive, the future is likely to be bad. He convinced me to change my mind about this. I haven’t seen this argument written up anywhere and... Read More

Can we apply start-up investing principles to non-profits?

How do you find the best non-profits to donate to? This is an important question that is critical to effective altruism. One suggestion comes from Holden Karnofsky at the Open Philanthropy Project, who describes a strategy called “hits-based giving” . In this framework, you make a number of investments, some... Read More

80,000 Hours articles aimed at the EA community

We've recently produced a few significant pieces that we expect to be of interest to people who are quite involved in the effective altruism community: Career review of Working at effective altruist organisations Guide to working in AI policy and strategy The 80,000 Hours podcast . First episode: ' The world... Read More

The value of money going to different groups

We all know that an extra dollar is worth more to you the poorer you are. That's why it can be good to donate money to an organisation like GiveDirectly even when a few cents in the dollar get used up in transaction costs. But how much more is it worth? Economists... Read More

Considering Considerateness: Why communities of do-gooders should be exceptionally considerate

The CEA research team just published a new paper - Considering Considerateness: Why communities of do-gooders should be exceptionally considerate  ( PDF version ). The paper is co-authored by Stefan Schubert, Ben Garfinkel, and Owen Cotton-Barratt.  Summary When interacting with others you can be considerate of their preferences, for instance by... Read More

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