Comment author: Jamie_Spurgeon 21 March 2018 04:37:42PM *  0 points [-]

Thanks for your feedback! I've passed this on to our development team.

Also on your point about reducing cognitive load, we found that some answers ended up too long if we included the full question, and if shortened they wouldn't accurately convey the meaning of the question. So we opted to leave them abbreviated.

Comment author: nonzerosum 24 March 2018 06:54:51PM 0 points [-]

Got it, thanks for passing it along and understood!

Comment author: nonzerosum 18 March 2018 08:40:05PM 0 points [-]

Also, I went through the quiz, got recommended a charity, clicked to donate, but then closed out at the page that asked for all my information.

I've donated to a few charities recently, and I believe that I would've donated (not large but not zero) if it let me do it with Google Pay so that I could've done it in ~5 seconds rather than 1 minute or so.

[See also this post that I just made on the forum:]

Comment author: nonzerosum 18 March 2018 08:34:28PM 0 points [-]


One possible improvement: To reduce the 'cognitive load' of doing the quiz, make it so that all of the choices e.g. "It is not very important" are replaced with "It is not very important that [x]" to reduce the need to read the whole question or re-reference the question when reminding yourself what each of the choices represent before selecting one.


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Where can I donate to support insect welfare?

As the title says.   This feels undervalued to me and I'd like to donate to support it.   Do you know of any good charities/non-profits/etc to donate for insect welfare?

Has someone migrated/exported the .impact HackPad?

Hackpad is shutting down (imminently?)   Seems to be lots of good content on this hackpad:   Has someone exported it somewhere else where it is publicly accessible? I think any hackpad "owners" can do an automatic export.
Comment author: nonzerosum 17 October 2017 06:48:23PM *  3 points [-]

Interesting post.

The first thought that came to my mind is related to the other post on this forum about psychedelics.

My interpretation is therapeutic psilocybin experiences can create a feeling of all being part of the same team / global interconnectedness. I wonder if this would lead to less tribalism. It seems like it very well may.

"In 6-month follow-up interviews, participants were asked: ‘Did this treatment work for you, and if so how?’ and responses were analysed for consistent themes (Watts et al. 2017). Of the 17 patients who endorsed the treatment’s effectiveness, all made reference to one particular mediating factor: a renewed sense of connection or connectedness. This factor was found to have three distinguishable aspects: connection to (1) self, (2) others and (3) the world in general (Watts et al. 2017)."

References via a friend.

Comment author: ThomasSittler 13 October 2017 05:13:17PM 5 points [-]

Thanks for the comment! I substantially disagree. The Project created some benefits, but (with low confidence) I don't think the costs were worth it. I'm seeing a lot of people note the benefits of the Project and conclude that the Project was net-positive, without engaging with the costs and/or counterfactuals.

Regarding the selection, I disagree that this was a substantial effect. But it's something we should discuss in person.

Comment author: nonzerosum 16 October 2017 01:30:53AM 1 point [-]

The Project created some benefits, but (with low confidence) I don't think the costs were worth it.

I think it's worth separating the outcome with the expected value at the time the project was begun.

It can still have been a +EV decision to have done it based on the information you had at the time.

i.e. it can't be evaluated as not being worth it because it didn't turn out to be worth it, it can have been worth doing because the expected value at the time made it worth it, even if it ended up not being net-positive.

Comment author: nonzerosum 14 September 2017 10:12:05PM 0 points [-]

I don't think it's appropriate to include donations to ACE or GiveWell as 'cause prioritization.' I think ACE should be classed as animal welfare and GiveWell as global poverty.

My understanding is that cause prioritization is broad comparison research.

Cause prioritization looks at broad causes (e.g. migration, global warming, global health, life extension) in order to compare them, instead of examining individual charities within each cause (as has been traditional).


Note: Jeff Bezos posted on Twitter today asking for philanthropy ideas   He also notes that he welcomes hearing that his strategy is wrong.

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