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On the longtermist case for working on farmed animals [Uncertainties & research ideas]

I already believed it and had actually been recently talking to someone about it, so I was surpsied and pleased to come across the post, but couldn't find a phrasing which said this which didn't just sound like I was saying "oh yeah thanks for writing up my idea". Sorry for the confusion!

On the longtermist case for working on farmed animals [Uncertainties & research ideas]

Thanks for writing this, even accounting for suspicious convergence (which you were right to flag), it just seems really plausible that improving animal welfare now could turn out to be important from a longtermist perspective, and I'd be really excited to hear about more research in this field happening.

Research suggests BLM protests increase murder overall

released his preliminary findings on the Social Science Research network as a preprint, meaning the study has yet to receive a formal peer review.

 

It’s worth noting that Campbell didn’t subject the homicide findings to the same battery of statistical tests as he did the police killings since they were not the main focus of his research.

 

I thought there had also been some cautionary tales learned in the last year about widely publicisng and discussing headline conclusions from preprint data without appropriate caveats. Apparently not.

Actions to take for a career change towards EA (advice needed)

There's the EA jobs facebook group, and I'll pm you a discord link.

It's worth noting that 80k has a lot of useful advice on how to think about career impact, and also the option to apply for advising, as well as the jobs board. There's also Probably Good (search for their forum post) and Animal Advocacy careers.

EA Debate Championship & Lecture Series

I want to echo this. I think my own experience of debating has been useful to me in terms of my ability to intelligence-signal in person, but was pretty bad overall for my epistemics. One interesting thing about BP (which was the format I competed in most frequently at the highest level) was the importance in the 4th speaker role identifying the cruxes of the debate (usually referring to them as "clash"), which I think is really useful. Concluding that the side you've been told to favour has then "won" all of the cruxes is... less so.

Actions to take for a career change towards EA (advice needed)

All this advice seems realy good, and I want to particularly echo this bit:

It might be worth reframing how you think about this as "how can I find a job that has the biggest impact", rather than "how can I get an EA job".

"Hinge of History" Refuted (April Fools' Day)

This post is already having a huge impact on some of the most influential philosophers alive today! Thanks so much for writing it.

Forget replaceability? (for ~community projects)

Evidence Action are another great example of "stop if you are in the  downside case" done really well.

Any EAs familiar with Partha Dasgupta's work?

I was under the impression CSER was pretty "core EA"! Certainly I'd expect most highly engaged EAs to have heard of them, and there aren't that many people working on x-risk anywhere.

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