Collaborative Truth-Seeking

Summary : In the EA movement, we frequently use debates to resolve different opinions about the truth. However, debates are not always the best course for figuring out the truth. In some situations, the technique of collaborative truth-seeking may be more optimal, as this article shows. Acknowledgments: Thanks to Michael ...Read More

Philosophical Critiques of Effective Altruism by Prof Jeff McMahan

Prof Jeff MacMahan , as many of you may know, is White's Professor of Moral Philosophy at Oxford University. This article of his will soon appear in The Philosopher's Magazine. I think it's both insightful and entertaining, and appreciate McMahan taking the time to write it. In light of the ...Read More

Update on the New EA Hub

Creating a low cost of living EA hub + co-living/co-working space for people trying to effectively change the world for the better seems, to me and many people I've spoken to, like a potentially unusually high value project. This is something I'm personally very interested in (though I've been prioritizing ...Read More

.impact's pivot to focus projects

The views in this piece are primarily of Peter Hurford. While the piece was reviewed by several members of the .impact community, the community is large and diverse, and views expressed here should not be taken to be any sort of consensus. When I started .impact with Ozzie Gooen in ...Read More

Effects of major events on EA activity

Peter proposed using time series of EA activity (Google searches, GWWC pledges, etc.) to see whether major events like EA Global and GWWC’s pledge drive are associated with spikes of interest in EA. I looked at the data, and found many of the correlations that you would expect (GWWC does ...Read More

Stories of Local Effective Altruism Groups

Most local effective altruism groups start with little experience and even less time. We’ve rounded up some stories from local groups to give you a sense of the processes involved in growing and developing a local presence - plus we want you to know about all the amazing things these ...Read More

The Attribution Moloch

Summary: I argue that sufficient resource scarcity can exacerbate the effects of tiny differences in value alignment to the point where charities with almost identical goals will compete rather than cooperate. Further, a skewed perception of how impact is created as well as mere ignorance can cause prioritization to aggravate ...Read More

On Priors

Cross-posted to my blog . Part of a series on quantitative models for cause selection. Introduction One major reason that effective altruists disagree about which causes to support is that they have different opinions on how strong an evidence base an intervention should have. Previously, I wrote about how we ...Read More

How Should a Large Donor Prioritize Cause Areas?

Cross-posted to my blog . The Open Philanthropy Project has made some grants that look substantially less impactful than some of its others, and some people have questioned the choice. I want to discuss some reasons why these sorts of grants might plausibly be a good idea, and why I ...Read More

Why Poverty?

This is the second in a series of posts. The first was: Giving What We Can is Cause Neutral . Given that Giving What We Can is cause neutral, why do we recommend exclusively poverty eradication charities, and focus on our website and materials on poverty? There are three main ...Read More

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