Links from This week

A definition of effective altruism

In “ Effective Altruism: Introduction ” (Essays in Philosophy: Vol. 18: Iss. 1, Article 1, doi:10.7710/1526-0569.1580), William MacAskill proposes a definition of effective altruism. I think having a definition is useful. It could allow effective altruists (and their critics) to have better, clearer conversations, and to avoid misconceptions. In MacAskill's quote below,... Read More

Stratospheric aerosol injection research and existential risk

A paper I have written on a form of geoengineering known as 'stratospheric aerosol injection' has recently been published in Futures. The paper explores whether, assuming that reducing existential risk is overwhelmingly important, stratospheric aerosol injection should be researched. The following aspects are likely to be of some interests to... Read More

Meta: notes on EA Forum moderation

The EA Forum moderators (currently Larissa Hesketh-Rowe, Denise Melchin, and Julia Wise) wanted to share some updates and clarifications on EA Forum moderation. Unfortunately the Forum FAQ isn't editable right now (looking forward to having a shiny new EA Forum, with editable sidebar, before too long!) so we’re just adding... Read More

Animal Charity Evaluators Introduces the Recommended Charity Quiz

[ Cross-posted from the ACE blog ] The following post was published on the Animal Charity Evaluators blog earlier this month . We've just released a new recommended charity quiz that allows users to enter in their specific preferences and outputs the best animal charities that correspond to those values.... Read More

A rough estimate of social impact of a psychotherapist in QALYs added

Recently, when I was assessing my career options in terms of impact I prepared a rough estimate of the social impact of psychotherapy. I haven't encountered such an estimate before - other than in a google sheet calculation that I received from an fellow EA via FB. I thought this... Read More

An easy way for charities to increase revenue: Add Apple Pay and Google Pay to donation checkout

"Additionally, “tens of thousands” of Shopify’s merchants now offer Apple Pay for checkout. Web stores supporting Apple Pay have experienced an increase of up to 200% in their checkout conversion rate on mobile." This absolutely matches my experience. I've donated to a few of the Google donation drives around... Read More