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What is effective altruism? Effective altruism is a philosophy and social movement that applies evidence and reason to determine the most effective ways to improve the world. ( See Wikipedia ) This forum brings together people who want to change the world, to make plans and share announcements. What are... Read More

All Animals Are Equal

by Peter Singer, excerpted from All Animals Are Equal, the first chapter of Animal Liberation , third edition   When we say that all human beings, whatever their race, creed, or sex, are equal, what is it that we are asserting? Those who wish to defend hierarchical, inegalitarian societies have often... Read More

The Haste Consideration

by Matt Wage, originally on the 80,000 Hours Blog The haste consideration: resources for improving the world are vastly more valuable if you have those resources sooner. I’ll first explain one way to see that the haste consideration is true, and then I’ll talk about one important implication of this... Read More

Your Dollar Goes Further Overseas

by GiveWell, from Giving 101 We understand the sentiment that "charity starts at home," and we used to agree with it, until we learned just how different U.S. charity is from charity aimed at the poorest people in the world. Helping people in the U.S. usually involves tackling extremely complex,... Read More

How to Assess the Impact of a Career

by Ben Todd, originally on the  80,000 Hours Blog  o   The sole purpose of 80,000 Hours is to help you work out in which career you can make the most difference. [1] At first sight, it’s hard to know where to begin. Or what this even means. Indeed, many... Read More

High Impact Science

by Carl Shulman , originally from the 80,000 Hours Blog Paul Ehrlich began his 1968 book, The Population Bomb, with this statement: The battle to feed all of humanity is over. In the 1970s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked... Read More

GiveWell's Top Charities for Giving Season 2013

by Givewell , originally from the  GiveWell Blog Our top charities for this giving season are  GiveDirectly ,  Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI) , and the  Deworm the World Initiative (DtWI)  (led by Evidence Action). The first two have been recommended  previously . The third is a new addition, and we encourage... Read More

Estimation Is the Best We Have

by Katja Grace, originally from her blog Meteuphoric   This argument seems common to many debates: ‘Proposal P arrogantly assumes that it is possible to measure X, when really X is hard to measure and perhaps even changes depending on other factors. Therefore we shouldn’t do P’. This could make... Read More

The Moral Imperative Towards Cost-effectiveness

by Toby Ord, originally on the Giving What We Can website Cost-effectiveness is one of the most morally important issues in global health. This claim will be surprising to many, since conversations about the ethics of global health usually focus on more traditional moral issues such as justice, equality, and... Read More

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