Comment author: klloyd 20 February 2017 01:05:39PM 1 point [-]

"EAs often say that their views don’t presuppose consequentialism" This is interesting, because some people believe that all ethical theories can be "consequentialised". If so, any EA who thinks their view presupposes moral realism actually could be say to think their view presupposes consequentialism.

Comment author: Tom_Ash  (EA Profile) 24 April 2017 11:11:28PM 0 points [-]

Is anyone familiar with the philosophical literature on that? My understanding is that it's controversial.

Separately, what's the connection to moral realism?

Comment author: Peter_Hurford  (EA Profile) 15 January 2017 06:01:21AM 2 points [-]
Comment author: Tom_Ash  (EA Profile) 17 January 2017 08:23:16PM 0 points [-]

Yes, the .impact team (particular Patrick Brinich-Langlois) have been working on this for a little while, and it's long been part of our to do list for the forum.

Comment author: Tom_Ash  (EA Profile) 05 January 2017 09:20:23PM 0 points [-]

Yes, the .impact team has the details - probably neatest if I don't post it here!

Comment author: Tom_Ash  (EA Profile) 05 January 2017 09:23:02PM 0 points [-]

(There's a whole set up procedure for them that they follow, including there being once a month. It's part of their procedure for doing the EA Newsletter to post an open thread with its contents at the same time. What sort of a board member are you not knowing every single detail? :p ;) )

Comment author: Peter_Hurford  (EA Profile) 03 January 2017 11:21:58PM 1 point [-]

Standardizing / fixing the intro text sounds good to me.

Is there a way to get the sidebar link to automatically update?

Comment author: Tom_Ash  (EA Profile) 05 January 2017 09:20:23PM 0 points [-]

Yes, the .impact team has the details - probably neatest if I don't post it here!

Comment author: Peter_Hurford  (EA Profile) 02 January 2017 06:23:00PM 3 points [-]

How often do people want to see Open Threads? Are they useful?

Comment author: Tom_Ash  (EA Profile) 03 January 2017 11:19:40PM 1 point [-]

When we did them once a month they got only a few comments, but I'd say that's no problem and they're still helpful. We added that link to them in the sidebar, so that's a reason to keep them up. We should change the intro text to explicitly welcome people new to EA with any sorts of questions or observations.

Comment author: Tom_Ash  (EA Profile) 26 September 2016 06:29:33PM 3 points [-]

Great post - thanks Georgie!

Comment author: Andy_Schultz 29 June 2016 01:47:02PM 1 point [-]

The section "Where does the money go?" says it goes to AMF, but it says the charity treats parasitic worms.

Comment author: Tom_Ash  (EA Profile) 29 June 2016 03:32:10PM 0 points [-]

Good catch, that was in from before we switched to AMF and away from CauseVox!

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2016’s Living On Less fundraiser: join EAs around the world getting sponsored to eat for under $2.50 a day

Some of you may be interested in taking part in or publicly making your donations ( fee free for large annual pledges ) through this year’s EA Living On Less fundraiser. Above and beyond the good done by any counterfactual money you raise, it's an unusually good opportunity to spread... Read More
Comment author: Brian_Tomasik 28 May 2016 12:13:59AM 5 points [-]

This is sad from my point of view, because increasing the human population plausibly prevents lots of bug suffering, while increasing quality of life does not (at least not as clearly; the sign of impact of quality-of-life improvements on bug suffering is more ambiguous).

Comment author: Tom_Ash  (EA Profile) 22 June 2016 04:09:37PM 1 point [-]

This stuff is genuinely tricky, and I'm deeply aware of that! Does deworming increase population though? My guess is it might even decrease it. Remember that my concerns are slightly different than Michael's, and focused on the general difficulty of knowing how and why deaths are bad, making me want to prioritise easing suffering (and increasing welfare).

Comment author: number42 17 June 2016 07:19:12PM 0 points [-]

I might give to a portfolio in a particular cause area like meta. I'd only be giving a small portion of my pledge to that though, perhaps about £100 a month - would that even be worth it for the admin hassle for you?

Comment author: Tom_Ash  (EA Profile) 17 June 2016 07:52:15PM 0 points [-]

Probably not! We plan to use an off-the-shelf service from somewhere like Vanguard in the US or the UK's Charities Aid Foundation if we do this at all, but even so.

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