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Doing good while clueless

This is the fourth (and final) post in a series 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. The second post... Read More
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Drug liberalization ballot initiative cost-effective at $460/DALY

Cross-posted to the  Enthea site .   In a nutshell A California ballot initiative that increases access to psychedelic drugs is a promising intervention in terms of DALYs averted. We estimate the cost-per-DALY-averted to range from $26/DALY to $90,515/DALY, with a  best-guess estimate of $460/DALY . Full analysis available  here .... Read More
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How tractable is cluelessness?

This is the third 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. The second post considers... Read More
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“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
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What consequences?

This is the first in a series of posts exploring consequentialist cluelessness and its implications for effective altruism: This 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. The  second post  considers a... Read More
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New study finds psilocybin leads to increased altruism 6 months later

Cross-posted to the Enthea site. Griffiths et al. 2017  was published recently; it had some impressive findings. The study looked at psilocybin administration alongside a regimen of nonsecular spiritual practices (meditation, introspective journaling). The study compared a group who received a very low (placebo-level) dose of psilocybin & "standard" support from spiritual practice guides... Read More
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Upcoming drug policy reform conferences

Cross-posted to the Enthea site. Two relevant conferences coming up this October –  Horizons : New York, October 6th to 8th Reform : Atlanta, October 11th to 14th Based on our investigation so far, US drug policy reform appears to be an impactful and tractable cause area – I'd be... Read More
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Feedback requested: drug policy ballot initiative survey

We've received a kind offer to run some polling for free, and we're looking for input on what questions to ask (background on this project here ). Draft questions below, feel free to make comments in this doc or in the thread. --- Framing: "Would you vote for or against the... Read More
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Cost-effectiveness analysis: drug liberalization holds promise as a mental health intervention

Cross-posted to the Enthea site . In a nutshell: If it polls well, a California ballot initiative that increases medical access to psychedelic drugs is a promising intervention in terms of DALYs averted. We estimate the cost-per-DALY-averted to range from $52,000/DALY to $442,000/DALY, with a best-guess estimate of $119,000/DALY. Full... Read More
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Enthea: recommended reading on psychedelics

Cross-posted to the Enthea site. Also, there's an atom feed now. Psychedelics have been receiving a lot of attention recently. Rather than write up another summary of psychedelic history and research, here are links to the best introductory writings we've seen so far: The case for psychedelics  ( a ) in ... Read More

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