The Philanthropist’s Paradox

TL;DR. Many effective altruists whether it's better to give now or invest and give later. I’ve realised there is an additional worry for those who (like me) are sceptical of the value of the far future. Roughly, it looks like such people are rationally committed to investing their money and spending... Read More

Intuition Jousting: What It Is And Why It Should Stop

Originally posted on  my blog . Over the past year or so I’ve become steadily more aware of and annoyed by a phenomeon I’m going to call, for lack of a better term, ‘intuition jousting’ (‘IJ’). My experience, and obviously I can only speak for my own, is that IJ... Read More

The Unproven (And Unprovable) Case For Net Wild Animal Suffering. A Reply To Tomasik

Cross posted from my blog , but it makes more sense being here. This is quite long for the forum, at 5,500 words, so if it's too long I'd appreciate if someone told me what I'd need to cut it down to and I'll provide an edit or something. Abstract I’ve... Read More

Are You Sure You Want To Donate To The Against Malaria Foundation?

Cross-posted from my blog . I question if AMF the most cost-effective way to do good on any view of population ethics. Word count: 1,838 In advance of the Christmas charity season, GiveWell has announced that the Against Malaria Foundation (‘AMF’) is once again their top pick for the world’s most effective charity.... Read More

Is effective altruism overlooking human happiness and mental health? I argue it is.

TL;DR version: Mental illness is probably much worse than poverty or physical illness. Interventions which change how people think - i.e. reduce mental health and increase happiness - may be more cost-effective ways of increasing happiness than AMF or Give Directly. I outline some new opportunities EA should look into.... Read More