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Center for Applied Rationality

The Center for Applied Rationality is a nonprofit organization based in Berkeley, California, that teaches techniques to improve epistemic and instrumental rationality.


CFAR was founded in 2012 by Anna Salamon, Julia Galef, Valentine Smith and Andrew Critch.[1] Galef served as president until 2016, when Salamon took her place; as of May 2022, she continues to serve in that capacity. Salamon, Jesse Liptrap and Michael Blume currently sit on the board of directors.


As of June 2022, CFAR has received over 3.5 million in funding from Open Philanthropy,[2]  over $1.6 million from the Survival and Flourishing Fund,[3][4][5] and over $300,000 from Effective Altruism Funds.[6][7]


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