I'm happy to announce that the first episodes of Harvard Effective Altruism's podcast, the Turing Test, are already online.

The first four episodes feature

  • Larry Summers on his career, economics and EA
  • Irene Pepperberg on animal cognition and ethics
  • Josh Greene on moral cognition and EA
  • Adam Marblestone on incentives in science, differential technological development etc.

My co-host Holly Elmore and I recorded a couple more, including Lant Pritchett, Bryan Caplan, Scott Weathers, Spencer Greenberg and Brian Tomasik. Among other things, the guest has to pass an "ideological Turing Test" - i.e. state opposing views as clearly and persuasively as their proponents.

You should be able to subscribe on your favorite platform. We're looking forward to hearing your feedback!

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How about a podcast that sheds light of unanswered critiques of the EA movement? They'd have to be fairly knowledgeable about EA in order to pass the "Ideological Turing Test," and you'd have to make sure that the editing/framing doesn't unfairly give EA ideas an edge, but I think we could learn a lot from thoughtful critique!

Great podcast! A question.

1: is it possible to have an episode on the science of movement building? Not that i know much of it.

Thanks for the suggestion! Sounds like a fun topic, will definitely think of potential guests when we get back to recording.

Nice interview subjects! Very impressive. I'd be curious to hear what made you decide to make an ideological Turing test part of every episode. It's clearly very in line with EA ideals, but why that exercise in particular?

Thanks :) The idea behind the Ideological Turing Test is (a) to put epistemic rationality into the spotlight (b) to see how good a model the guests have of the debate and how well they considered the other side, which should help you think about how seriously you should take their claims (c) we think it's kind of fun :)

Is there any way to make it available without using iTunes?

I just listened to an interesting one with Brian Tomisik here: https://harvardeapodcast.com/2017/09/17/episode-5-brian-tomasik/