Comment author: Tee 14 March 2018 04:38:41PM 18 points [-]

I interested Tee Barnett and Peter Hurford in adding sexual violence questions to the survey. Therefore sexual violence definitions need to be created.

Thanks for your dedication to this issue. I'm compelled to point out that that briefly speaking about a particular issue in an informal manner should not be seen as an endorsement on behalf of myself or Rethink Charity.

Comment author: hollymorgan 18 March 2018 05:06:27AM 1 point [-]

Is the "collaboration" mentioned here referring to the same brief informal conversation?

Comment author: adamaero  (EA Profile) 10 March 2018 04:12:50PM *  5 points [-]

Thanks. This will be useful for a future presentation. Although, I am going to modify challenges 3-6. Using the word "utilitarian" seems...limiting. EA has utilitarian/consequentialist underpinnings--but not a full blown subscription to only that moral system (i.e., not exclusive). But I'm sure you knew that already. (See Macaskill's comment on 'Effective Altruism' as utilitarian equivocation.)

Off the top of my head, I'm thinking something more along the lines as maximizing impact and the empathy-altruism hypothesis related to meaning well (benevolence) versus actually doing good (beneficence). (Additionally, going to add an outline =)

Also, the slide about Effective Altruism as a movement, founded in 2011? I'm guessing that's for 80k Hours because GWWC has been around since 2009, and the main idea has been around since at least 1972.

Comment author: hollymorgan 15 March 2018 11:55:13PM 2 points [-]

When people ask when EA "started" I'm never sure what to say. But I imagine Geoffrey is referring to when we chose the name with "2011" (see, plus a quick nod to the longer history in Singer's work with "+ Peter Singer".

Comment author: Jorgen_Ljones 03 March 2018 11:09:24PM 0 points [-]

I'm interested in hearing how the fundraising drive went and what the current situation of EA London is?

Comment author: hollymorgan 08 March 2018 02:53:38PM 2 points [-]

Completely successful; we are fully funded for the rest of 2018.

Apologies for not providing an update earlier!

Comment author: hollymorgan 26 February 2018 12:07:39AM 1 point [-]

Hauke thinks this might be worthy of further investigation:

Macroeconomic stability: A recent Lancet study suggests that the 2008 financial crisis was was associated with about 500,000 excess cancer-related deaths worldwide. This is just cancer, which only contributes to about 15% of global mortality and so a naive extrapolation might suggest mortality figures in the millions. Other factors such trade and tourism suffered significantly due to the economic crisis and thus poor countries were probably hit harder in terms of wellbeing. Fund Riccardo Rebonato, an expert on stress testing, to write more on banking regulation and stress testing banks.

From here.

Comment author: hollymorgan 21 February 2018 01:39:07PM 1 point [-]

Vaguely interesting data point: In January 2018 I listed ~240 people in London who I considered - based on personal acquaintance - to be members of the EA community ("EAs"). Compare that with only 66 Londoners taking the EA Survey 2017.

Lots of caveats that mean you shouldn't assume the current global EA community has ~6,680 (=240/66*1837) members e.g. although I'm now a group leader, I imagine there are dozens/hundreds of EAs in London who I don't know; I expect the London community is growing faster than others because it's a popular destination for young, talented, ambitious people; I don't know what proportion of survey takers identified as EAs; I think EA London promoted the survey more than any other group did etc.

Still. Vaguely interesting data point.

Comment author: turnercore 12 February 2018 04:46:43PM 1 point [-]

That was great, I've read about a lot of those things already, but it gave me some more reading material. Fantastic!

The one I'd never really heard anyone say was "An awareness of the risks of developing expensive new habits / increased standards of living i.e. huge future expense for temporary boost in happiness thanks to the hedonic treadmill." - Where did that idea come from?

In response to comment by turnercore on Open Thread #39
Comment author: hollymorgan 13 February 2018 12:41:50AM 0 points [-]

I suppose a variety of places, and it's just particularly relevant to people who try to donate what they can. The term "hedonic treadmill" I probably first encountered via or David Pearce.

Comment author: hollymorgan 31 January 2018 11:07:05PM 3 points [-]

What's your current Room For More Funding / how can we get updates on your current RFMF?

Comment author: BenMillwood  (EA Profile) 18 November 2017 09:20:23AM 0 points [-]

Is "Part 3. Specific lessons on running a large local community" still on the way?

Comment author: hollymorgan 19 November 2017 07:25:29PM 0 points [-]

Link to the job ad for the Strategy Director role is now above (or here).

"Part 3. Specific lessons on running a large local community" is still on the way and I'd be surprised if it was written by the end of the year now - apologies.

Comment author: hollymorgan 05 November 2017 01:46:05AM 2 points [-]

I suggest summarising your reasoning as well as your conclusion in your tl;dr e.g. adding something like the following: "as neglectedness is not a useful proxy for impact w/r/t many causes, such as those where progress yields comparatively little or no ‘good done’ until everything is tied together at the end, or those where progress benefits significantly from economies of scale."

Comment author: MichaelPlant 28 October 2017 12:54:40AM *  6 points [-]

So many different boxes to reply to! I'll do one reply for everything here.

My main reflection is that either 1. I really haven't personally had much discussion of inclusivity in my time in the EA movement (and this may just be an outlier/coincidence) or 2. I'm just much more receptive to this sort of chat than the average EA. I live among Oxford students and this probably gives me a different reference point (e.g. people do sometimes introduce themselves with their pronouns here). I forget how disconcertingly social justice-y I found the University when I first moved here.

Either way, the effect is I really haven't felt like I've had too many discussion in EA about diversity. It's not like it's my favourite topic or anything.

Comment author: hollymorgan 28 October 2017 02:56:17PM 2 points [-]

FWIW, I read your comments as a useful data point ("Huh. Here's someone who's been pretty involved in EA for a year or two [not certain that's accurate] and hasn't come across many discussions of diversity/inclusion.")

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