"It is only when you don’t care about your reputation that you tend to have a good one."-Nassim Taleb
Thanks for evaluating the evaluators!
TL;DR Write shorter posts.
Hi Bara, thank you very much for your feedback!
Thanks for the catch on the malaria bed net :)
I think cancer deaths have been going up, not down (https://ourworldindata.org/cancer#is-the-world-making-progress-against-cancer), so maybe you meant 4M not 40M in 2015.
I don't fully understand the problem with the 'payload' point, but since I'm in doubt, and I understand that it could be a risk, I will remove it for the moment.
Great catch! I didn't see this deck before, will go through it now. From a first look, it seems like the key numbers deck is general, and these decks are based on the 4 EA cause areas.
I recently published six new wikiHow articles to promote EA principles: How to Make a Difference in Your Career, How to Help Farmed Animals, How to Launch a High Impact Nonprofit, How to Reduce Animal Cruelty in Your Diet, How to Help Save a Child's Life with a Malaria Bed Net Donation, and How to Donate Cryptocurrency to Effective Charities.
Some titles might change soon in case you can't find them anymore (e.g., How to Reduce Animal Cruelty in Your Diet --> How to Have a More Ethical Diet Towards Animals, and How to Help Save a Child's Life... (read more)
You mean like Animal Welfare (beginners) and Animal Welfare (advanced)? Thanks for the idea! I never thought about it. Let me know your feedback on the cards once you start revising them :)
I agree with sharing more flashcards! Let me know your feedback on the Anki cards :)
Great feedback on the longevity of flashcards, will apply it, thanks!
What a beautiful project for Open Philanthropy to sponsor! I was so happy to see my favourite YouTube channel publish this video :)
On the UGAP website, there's no mention that the program is online or physical. I recommend clarifying it :)
When is the deadline for the volunteer application?
This morning I thought, "EA Forum posts should be shorter and simpler," and now I read your post. Thank you for helping make ideas clear to everyone, not just philosophers ;)
I need to add more examples to my writing. For example, I wrote my list of 90 mental models with no examples, so some mental models are un-understandable.
I recommend to everyone On Writing Well by William Zinsser, which improved my writing by 50%.I summarised the book in my writing checklist for those short on time. Feedback is welcome :)
Great, will apply! :)
Great idea, I applied
I didn't know fish had 10M neurons. Thanks!
I appreciate your quantitative thinking. But I believe it's unfair to say that a fish is 10,000X worth less than a human because a fish has fewer neurons. What if suffering has a minimum threshold of neurons and then declining marginal suffering after that? We don't know (as you point out in your last paragraph).
"Not everything that can be counted counts and not everything that counts can be counted."—Einstein
Thanks for the post. I learnt about the size of the plastic pollution problem for animals.
I can't entirely agree with the framing of the article. 1M seabirds dying per year from plastic is not "small". It makes me think that this is not a big problem, and I shouldn't worry at all about it.
I would frame it as "1M seabirds die every year from plastic pollution, so it's a big problem (malaria kills 0.5M people per year), but it's still 1 million times less than 1T fish slaughtered per year."
"To define is to limit."—Oscar Wilde
Let's be agnostic on near/long-termist definitions and try to do good.
Warren Buffett called his private jet 'The Indefensible' — then renamed it 'The Indispensable' after realizing it was worth the money.Source
“A life properly lived is just learn, learn, learn all the time.”—Charlie Munger
This post deserves 10X the amount of karma, congrats!
My takeaways:-check the Nonlinear Library podcasts-Intuition Flooding: read a bunch of examples to grasp a concept-Spot the Core: summarise to learn, as in this comment :)-Active recall doubles retention rate
I'm a big fan of learning. I have 7,000 Anki flashcards, read 150 books in 2019, and write on my website to learn what I write. Yet I learnt something from this post, thanks!
I used Notion, but I prefer Obsidian. It stores... (read more)
Congrats on the great idea! And wow, you have a lot of views.
I found Sam Bankman's TikTok funny :)
Thanks for the post! Absorbency could be a 4th factor in the ITN framework for comparing career options. I'm curious about how 80,000 Hours considers absorbency in their list of top-recommended career paths.
EA has too few grantmaking organizations, and there's a big gap in small-scale funding. The program's impact can be tremendous.
I'm excited to see the pilot results and learn the grantmaking tools, frameworks, and examples that you will share.
P.S. The five available positions you list at the end of the post are expired. I would remove them.
All charity founders should read How to Launch A High-Impact Nonprofit.
I added it to my recommended books webpage.
What I learned from the book:
Potential Impr... (read more)
Thank you for the insightful post!
Declining Marginal Impact of Donations
"For anyone deploying capital, nothing recedes like success. Back in 1951, when I was attending Ben Graham's class at Columbia, an idea giving me a $10,000 gain improved my investment performance for the year by 100%. Today, an idea producing $500 million adds 1% to our performance. It's no wonder that my annual results in the 1950s were better by nearly 30% than my annual gains in any subsequent decade."—Warren Buffett, 1997 Letter to Shareholders
I think you would agree with... (read more)
"He who has a why to live can bear almost any how."-Nietzsche
Thank you for showing us your why. You inspire others to live meaningful lives.
I'm curious how EA as a central purpose influenced your life. Which big decision did you make differently?
Hi Chris, glad it was useful and welcome to the EA Forum, hope to read your posts soon :)
Thank you so much for the amazing reply! I increased the weight of energy security.
I don't like the Global Food Security Index, because it's about the quality of food, not whether the country is producing/exporting food. Which other indicator would you use, and where do I get the data?
There is no mention of "Medium" in that page, that's why I asked on the Forum.
What is your opinion of Medium for starting a blog, compared to Substack?
Sam Bankman Fried gave $25 to each Ukrainian on FTX.
Small suggestion: I recommend putting a comma in the thousands (20,000) as reading 20000 has too many zeroes and can be misinterpreted as 200,000
MrBeast Youtube channel.
MrBeast regularly spends $10,000-$1,000,000 per YouTube video. He donates money, cars, food, or houses to video participants. In other videos, he plants trees, cleans the ocean from plastic, etc.
Imagine if he donated $20,000 to GiveDirectly, and showed the impact of his donations in rural Africa.
MrBeast is already an incredible altruist. Let's make him effective, too.
Ha! Maybe this AI just merged math and time, and found the 4th dimension of reality?It was a bit confusing at first, but I find it very creative that the answer to 2+2 depends on the time of day.
I like your suggestion of having the AI write alternative versions of history! This is what I just asked it, to experiment:
Me: How would the world look like without racism?
AI: There would be less hate in the world and people would be able to live in peace.
Me: How would the world look like without war?
AI: The world without war would look very diffe... (read more)
I was extremely excited to learn how advanced GPT-3 is. The feeling I have is of infinite potential, like I could interact with it for days if not months, and learn more and more.
I was really impressed with how quickly GPT-3 could produce results. I feel like I have barely scratched the surface of what it is capable of.
Normally, I read articles on AI and think " it's in the future and doesn't really matter to me now". GPT-3 showed me that the future is already here and more advanced than expected!
Normally, it takes me roughly a week to publish a blog... (read more)
Yes, I highly recommend Greenberg's podcast interviewing GPT-3.
I forgot to mention this in the intro, thanks for pointing it out, I now added it
Thank you so much for the well-thought answer!
Charter cities excite me as well: Shenzen in 1980 had 50,000 inhabitants when it became a special economic zone. Today, Shenzen is a global tech powerhouse with 20 million citizens.
As for land use policy, I feel the cost of the problem myself by living in Paris, one of the most expensive cities in the world. A denser Paris would lower my rent and spare me a 1-hour bus ride every time I go out for a drink ;)
Thanks for your reply!
I agree that sometimes it's just better to lead by example, but I just needed a go-to video that I could share when needed. What Cody Saw is a great candidate, I found it on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=10153286555074475
I agree that eggs and poultry are the best things to remove from a diet from an ethical perspective, I just thought that promoting veganism isn't a good idea. Most people won't go vegan anyways, and it's overall better if we get everyone to go flexitarian rather than a small minority going vegan.
It’s not strictly relevant, but the Word Bank publishes the Doing Business Report, ranking countries based on how easy it is to do business. Some indicators might be useful to charities, too, like enforcing contracts. Maybe, on average, countries with higher ease of doing business have also higher ease of doing charity.