Links from This week

Ineffective entrepreneurship: post-mortem of Hippo, the happiness app that never quite was

  60 word summary: I spent two and half years trying to start a startup I thought might do lots of good. It failed. I explain what happened, how it went wrong and try to set out some relevant lessons for others. Main lesson: be prepared for the fact you... Read More

“EA” doesn’t have a talent gap. Different causes have different gaps.

There’s been a lot of discussion and disagreement over whether EA has a talent or a money gap. Some people have been saying there’s not that large of a funding gap anymore and that people should be using their talent directly instead. On the other hand, others have been saying... Read More

Do Prof Eva Vivalt's results show 'evidence-based' development isn't all it's cut out to be?

I recently interviewed a member of the EA community - Prof Eva Vivalt - at length about her research into the value of using trials in medical and social science to inform development work. The benefits of 'evidence-based giving' has been a core message of both GiveWell and Giving What We Can since they... Read More

1. What Is Moral Realism?

This is post one of a sequence of posts I am writing on moral anti-realism and moral reasoning.  Introduction To start off this sequence, I want to give a short description of moral realism; I’ll be arguing against moral realism in later posts, and I want to clearly explain what it is... Read More

Triple counting impact in EA

The problem In the 1990s, the World Health Organization (WHO) had an important function. They had to calculate, estimate, and publish the number of deaths caused by different diseases. These numbers influenced several things, from government spending on treatment programs, to the public perception of progress being made on different... Read More

Expected cost per life saved of the TAME trial

Contents Introduction The Idea Variables needed in the calculation A) Expected number of years added by metformin B) Statistical power of the TAME trial C) Number of people dying of aging in a year near LEV D) Additional share of the world population who would take metformin consistently E) By what... Read More