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How should we assess very uncertain and non-testable stuff?

There is a good and widely accepted approach to assessing testable projects - roughly what GiveWell does.  It is much less clear how EA research organisations should assess projects, interventions and organisations with very uncertain non-testable impact, such as policy work or academic research. There are some disparate materials on... Read More
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Local Group Support Overview: CEA, EAF and LEAN

As the Effective Altruism community has grown, efforts have emerged to promote and support the growth of EA groups in universities and cities around the world. Presently there are three organisations supporting EA groups on a large scale. This article outlines the background of each organisation, and clarifies the functional... Read More
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High Time For Drug Policy Reform. Part 1/4: Introduction and Cause Summary

In the last 4 months, I’ve come to believe drug policy reform, changing the laws on currently illegal psychoactive substances, may offer a substantial, if not the most substantial, opportunity to increase the happiness of humans alive today. I consider this result very surprising. I’ve been researching how best to... Read More
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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
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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
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The Turing Test

I'm happy to announce that the first episodes of Harvard Effective Altruism's podcast, the Turing Test , are already online. The first four episodes feature Larry Summers on his career, economics and EA Irene Pepperberg on animal cognition and ethics Josh Greene on moral cognition and EA Adam Marblestone on... Read More
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Setting our salary based on the world’s average GDP per capita

A lot of people in the EA movement have a large say over their salary, whether it be earning to give where you can donate down to a certain amount or working for a nonprofit where you take a lower salary. EAs are a unique group in that many of... Read More
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EA Survey 2017 Series: Community Demographics & Beliefs

  By: Katie Gertsch   The annual EA Survey is a volunteer-led project of Rethink Charity that has become a benchmark for better understanding the EA community. This post is the second in a multi-part series intended to provide the survey results in a more digestible and engaging format. Important... Read More
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Nothing Wrong With AI Weapons

With all the recent worries over AI risks, a lot of people have raised fears about lethal autonomous weapons (LAWs) which take the place of soldiers on the battlefield. Specifically, in the news recently: Elon Musk and over 100 experts requested that the UN implement a ban. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/aug/20/elon-musk-killer-robots-experts-outright-ban-lethal-autonomous-weapons-war However, we... Read More
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Introducing Antigravity Investments: Free Investment Management for the EA Community

Introduction Antigravity Investments  is an EA  social enterprise  with the charitable mission of substantially increasing funding for high impact causes by providing free, high quality financial advising and investment management services to the EA community through our own services and those of other EAs in finance. By increasing the investment... Read More

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