High Time For Drug Policy Reform. Part 4/4: Estimating Cost-Effectiveness vs Other Causes; What EA Should Do Next

This is the fourth of four posts on DPR. In this part I provide some simplistic but illustrative cost-effectiveness estimates comparing an imaginary campaign for DPR against current interventions for poverty, physical health and mental health; I also consider what EAs should do next. Links to the articles in this series: Part... Read More

High Time For Drug Policy Reform. Part 3/4: Policy Suggestions, Tractability and Neglectedess

This is the third of four posts on DPR. In this part I look at what a better approach to drug policy might be and then discuss how neglected and tractable this problem is as cause area of EAs to work on. Links to the articles in this series: Part 1  (1,800... Read More

High Time For Drug Policy Reform. Part 2/4: Six Ways It Could Do Good And Anticipating The Objections

This is the second in a series of four posts on drug policy reform ('DPR'). In this post section 2 discusses six different ways DPR may do good. Section 3 anticipates several objections one might make against DPR if you doubted it would have a positive impact. I note these... Read More

High Time For Drug Policy Reform. Part 1/4: Introduction and Cause Summary

In the last 4 months, I’ve come to believe drug policy reform, changing the laws on currently illegal psychoactive substances, may offer a substantial, if not the most substantial, opportunity to increase the happiness of humans alive today. I consider this result very surprising. I’ve been researching how best to... Read More

The marketing gap and a plea for moral inclusivity

In this post, I make three points. First, I note there seems to be a gap between what EA markets itself as being about (effective poverty reduction) and what many EAs really believe is important (poverty isn’t the top priority) and this marketing gap is potentially problematic. Second, I propose... Read More

The Philanthropist’s Paradox

TL;DR. Many effective altruists wonder 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... 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

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