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Effective Altruism is a Question (not an ideology)

What is the definition of Effective Altruism? What claims does it make? What do you have to believe or do, to be an Effective Altruist? I don’t think that any of these questions make sense.  It’s not surprising that we ask them: if you asked those questions about feminism or... Read More
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2017 AI Risk Literature Review and Charity Comparison

Introduction I've long been concerned about AI Risk. Now that there are a few charities working on the problem, it seems desirable to compare them, to determine where scarce donations should be sent. This is a similar role to that which GiveWell performs for global health charities, and somewhat similar... Read More
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EA risks falling into a "meta trap". But we can avoid it.

If you think a typical EA cause has very high impact, it seems quite plausible that you can have even higher impact by working one level of “meta” up -- working not on that cause directly, but instead working on getting more people to work on that cause . For... Read More
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Concerns with Intentional Insights

A recent facebook post by Jeff Kaufman raised concerns about the behavior of Intentional Insights (InIn), an EA-aligned organization headed by Gleb Tsipursky. In discussion arising from this, a number of further concerns were raised. This post summarizes the concerns found with InIn. It also notes some concerns which were... Read More
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Peter Hurford thinks that a large proportion of people should earn to give long term

Recently, 80,000 Hours wrote that they think only a small proportion of people should earn to give long term. They asked their team “At this point in time, and on the margin, what portion of altruistically motivated graduates from a good university, who are open to pursuing any career path,... Read More
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Guesstimate: An app for making decisions with confidence (intervals)

I’m happy to announce the public beta of Guesstimate , a web app for creating models and Fermi estimates with probability distributions.  It’s free, open source , and relatively easy to use. Effective Altruism is largely about optimizing expected value.  Expected value estimates often have high uncertainty for multiple inputs,... Read More
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Six Ways To Get Along With People Who Are Totally Wrong*

* The people you think are totally wrong may not actually be totally wrong. Effective altruism is a ‘broad tent’ As is obvious to anyone who has looked around here, effective altruism is based more on a shared interest in the question 'how can you do the most good' than... Read More
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Supportive Scepticism

I’d like to raise an aspect of effective altruism that I personally find difficult. My hope is that this will promote discussion and help others who feel similarly. I want to preface this by saying I am incredibly glad that I got involved in the effective altruism community, and that... Read More
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Donor lotteries: demonstration and FAQ

Suppose that Alice is trying to figure out how to do the most good with her donation of $1,000 this giving season, and can spend various kinds of resources to improve her decision. Unfortunately, many investments that could improve the decision quality would impose costs that are large relative to... Read More
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Why I'm donating to MIRI this year

I’ve been thinking about my annual donation, and I’ve decided to donate to MIRI this year. I haven’t previously donated to MIRI, and my reasons for doing so now are somewhat nuanced, so I thought they were worth explaining. I have previously thought that MIRI was taking a somewhat less-than-ideal... Read More

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