Comment author: Patrick 31 December 2016 01:36:38AM *  7 points [-]

The EARadio podcast is back on iTunes. (The podcast is an aggregation of publicly available talks relevant to EA, such as those from EA Global.)

It had been delisted for the better part of a year, but I failed to noticed because I don't use iTunes. (The most likely reason for its delisting is that it didn't specify whether it contained explicit language, which is now an Apple requirement.)

Subscription links:

Comment author: Pilif  (EA Profile) 06 January 2017 11:15:20PM 1 point [-]

How hardcore or entry-level is it?

Comment author: Pilif  (EA Profile) 26 December 2016 07:45:26PM 1 point [-]

Imagine two worlds:

In world 1 Alice is born. She sleeps under bednets and lives and proceeds to have children of her own 15-45 years after her birth. Alice's children make some more children, and they make some more, and more… And by the time our universe dies or the Earth is destroyed or humans are no more or humans stop having children, a million of people with Alice's genes have lived.

In world 2 Alice is born. She doesn't get a bednet and dies from malaria at age 4. Some (0-15) years after Alice's birth her parents create more children. On average they create 1 more child. That child, too, has children on their own, but it happens later than it would happen for Alice – about 10 years later. Because of that there will be only 500000 people with this little kid's genes. Total population of humans throughout the future will be smaller. Therefore less utilons (assuming total utilitarianism and some other ethical systems).

How come these researches don't calculate stuff like this? I wish they did. It seems extremely important even though I haven't figured out what population ethics I prefer.

I am not claiming that AMF is actually better than everything else. I am just making an objection, and hopefullt someone will research different charities' impact on populations size and happiness from now till the end of time.

Comment author: Pilif  (EA Profile) 25 November 2016 05:56:28PM 0 points [-]

Can you show an example of how this set of rules helps you to "rexover the ability to engage in normal levels of being a jerk when it's actually a good idea"?

Comment author: Pilif  (EA Profile) 06 October 2016 05:06:54AM *  2 points [-]

I am extremely confused about infrastructure of all these organizations, resources and other stuff. I hope you or someone else can answer a few questions:

  1. How is .impact related to Centre for Effective Altruism?
  2. What's the difference between LEAN and eahub?
  3. There are so many websites and resources. What are the most useful ones?
  4. How many of the groups are situated not in developed western countries? Does percentage of English-speaking people in country predict how many EA groups there are?
Comment author: Pilif  (EA Profile) 12 August 2016 11:12:33PM 0 points [-]

This article would be better if it mentioned Status quo bias. I belive that's exactly the thing that makes people behave in the described way.

Comment author: Pilif  (EA Profile) 25 May 2016 08:35:10PM 0 points [-]

The en-wiki article about effective altruism says this:

There is significant variation in the degree to which effective altruists concern themselves with the welfare of non-human animals. Most oppose practices such as factory farming; many promote vegetarian or vegan diets.

Is it true, that > 50% of people in the effective altruism movement oppose practices such as factory farming? I don't know if that's actually the case. Has there been a survey or something about it?

Comment author: Jan_Szyper 14 April 2016 02:04:48PM 0 points [-]

What would you expect to be different for non English-speaking countries? And if there are such differences, which is quite probable, won't differences of a similar kind exist in turn between non English-speaking countries?

I am also unaware of any comprehensive guide for promoting EA, although there are guides on aspects of what can be considered promoting EA, like on establishing chapters and giving talks, of course.

If you are looking for specific advice, I suggest you talk to EA organizations like .impact or EA Outreach.

Comment author: Pilif  (EA Profile) 15 April 2016 05:40:12AM 0 points [-]

What would you expect to be different for non English-speaking countries?

The main difference is there are a lot of EA texts available in english, and EA and GiveWell have been mentioned in media in English a lot. Same is not true for Russian. Also GiveWell is very American-centrous, it compares everything to US based charities and in other ways assumes that the reader is living in the US.

.impact or EA Outreach

Thanks, I'll take a look at them.

Comment author: Pilif  (EA Profile) 13 April 2016 08:31:48PM 3 points [-]

Is there a guide for promoting EA or local EA hubs in non English-speaking countries?

Comment author: Pilif  (EA Profile) 11 April 2016 06:11:48AM 0 points [-]

The Handbook vs Doing Good Better - what is the difference? Is the book better or worse? Do they have the same goals?