Considering Considerateness: Why communities of do-gooders should be exceptionally considerate

The CEA research team just published a new paper - Considering Considerateness: Why communities of do-gooders should be exceptionally considerate  ( PDF version ). The paper is co-authored by Stefan Schubert, Ben Garfinkel, and Owen Cotton-Barratt.  Summary When interacting with others you can be considerate of their preferences, for instance by... Read More

Effective altruism: an elucidation and a defence

By John Halstead, Stefan Schubert, Joseph Millum, Mark Engelbert, Hayden Wilkinson, and James Snowden. Cross-posted from the Centre for Effective Altruism blog . A direct link to the article can be found here . Abstract In this paper, we discuss Iason Gabriel’s recent piece on criticisms of effective altruism .... Read More

Hard-to-reverse decisions destroy option value

This post is co-authored with Ben Garfinkel. It is cross-posted from the CEA blog . A PDF version can be found here . Summary: Some strategic decisions available to the effective altruism movement may be difficult to reverse. One example is making the movement’s brand explicitly political. Another is growing... Read More

Understanding cause-neutrality

I'm pleased to be able to share Understanding cause-neutrality , a new working paper produced by the research team at the Centre for Effective Altruism. ( PDF version .) Executive summary The term “cause-neutrality” has been used for at least four concepts. The first aim of this article is to... Read More

Should people be allowed to ear-mark their taxes to specific policy areas for a price?

This is a contribution to the Moral Economics sequence. At a given price level, there is a an optimal bundle of goods and services that maximizes a consumer's preference satisfaction. This means that given that you are consuming such an optimal bundle, you cannot increase your preference satisfaction by buying... Read More

Effective Altruism’s fact-value separation as a weapon against political bias

Follow up to “ Political Debiasing and the Political Bias Test ”. Connected to “ Effective altruism is a Question (not an Ideology) " There are a number of different psychological effects which contribute to political bias. These include the halo effect , wishful thinking and confirmation bias , all... Read More

Political Debiasing and the Political Bias Test

Rationally, your political values shouldn't affect your factual beliefs. Nevertheless, that often happens. Many factual issues are politically controversial - typically because the true answer makes a certain political course of action more plausible - and on those issues, many partisans tend to disregard politically uncomfortable evidence. This sort of... Read More

Why the triviality objection to EA is beside the point

Robert Wiblin recently wrote a good post with the self-explanatory title  "Disagreeing about what’s effective isn’t disagreeing with effective altruism" . At the end, there is one parapgrah which I think concedes too much, however, regarding the triviality of the EA message. He writes:  Have I now defined ‘effective altruism’... Read More

Opinion piece on the Swedish Network for Evidence-Based Policy

Follow up to: The effectiveness-alone strategy and evidence-based policy A translation of the opinion piece can be found  here . I Effective altruism is a great concept, but it's not trivial to sell. There are therefore good reasons to ally ourselves with other rationalist memes to increase the level of rationality... Read More

The effectiveness-alone strategy and evidence-based policy

Effective altruism could be said to consist of three claims. Call them Effectiveness,   Altruism and EA-morality , respectively:   Effectiveness : When you're acting altruistically, you should be effective. Altruism : You should act altruistically a lot. EA-morality : Global empathy, future lives are very valuable, animal lives are valuable,... Read More

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