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

Reducing Wild Animal Suffering Literature Library: Introductory Materials, Philosophical & Empirical Foundations

These are reading module put together by the members of the group  Wild Animal Welfare Project Discussion  as part of the  RWAS Literature Library Project . This series of articles and essays together lay out crucial considerations explaining and underpinning the reduction of wild animal suffering (RWAS) as a potential focus area for effective... Read More

Descriptive Population Ethics and Its Relevance for Cause Prioritization

Summary Descriptive ethics is the empirical study of people's values and ethical views, e.g. via a survey or questionnaire. This overview focuses on beliefs about population ethics and exchange rates between goods (e.g. happiness) and bads (e.g. suffering). Two variables seem particularly important and action-guiding in this context, especially when trying... Read More

Why I prioritize moral circle expansion over artificial intelligence alignment

Why I prioritize moral circle expansion over artificial intelligence alignment This blog post is written for a very specific audience: people involved in the effective altruism community who are familiar with cause prioritization and arguments for the overwhelming importance of the far future. It might read as strange and confusing... Read More

“Just take the expected value” – a possible reply to concerns about cluelessness

This is the second in a series of posts exploring consequentialist cluelessness and its implications for effective altruism: The first post describes cluelessness & its relevance to EA; arguing that for many popular EA interventions we don’t have a clue about the intervention’s overall net impact. This post considers a... Read More

Where can I donate to support insect welfare?

As the title says.   This feels undervalued to me and I'd like to donate to support it.   Do you know of any good charities/non-profits/etc to donate for insect welfare?

Effective Altruism Foundation update: Plans for 2018 and room for more funding

This post provides an overview of the Effective Altruism Foundation’s plans for the coming year. A version of this update was also published on our blog . The Effective Altruism Foundation is a Berlin-based EA meta-charity that fundraises for EA charities, builds the German-speaking EA community, and does research on... Read More

Four Organizations EAs Should Fully Fund for 2018

As an EA, I’ve tried to make my mark by earning to give and doing enough direct work to understand the organizations I’m giving to and find outstanding giving opportunities that are neglected by others. Based on my thinking, I’m going to be donating to Charity Science Health , Rethink... Read More

Wild-Animal Suffering Research’s Plans for 2018 and RFMF

Cross-posted on behalf of Persis Eskander of the Wild-Animal Suffering Research team.   -- Summary Wild animals suffer on an immense scale, we don’t yet have solutions to this suffering and very few people are concerned. The Wild-Animal Suffering Research (WASR) project’s mission is to find a path to reduce... Read More

Would any EA chapters like help running an AdWords grants account?

This post is primarily addressed to people working for EA chapters in the UK and internationally. Please read on if you are interested in either setting up a Google Grants AdWords Account, or if you want support with one you have already set up.   Pro Bono Work I work... Read More

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