The EA Forum team is currently thinking about what core content we'd like most new effective altruists to engage with. As a consequence, we're particularly interested in what caused beta users to engage more with effective altruism.
The piece of writing that feels most significant to me is Nate Soares "The value of a life". Whilst it touches on the technical point of the distinction between value and cost, I also found it very motivating.
This wasn't the piece that got me involved in EA - that was mostly personal conversations.
I'd be interested to hear which pieces were important to other people. Pieces which I've seen mentioned frequently:
- Peter Singer's The Drowning Child and the Expanding Moral Circle
- Nate's On caring
I'd also be interested in links to other places that this has been discussed.