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Using the “executive summary” style: writing that respects your reader’s time

In consulting this is also referred to as the "Minto pyramid" or "pyramid principle of communication": you put the key message and main insight concisely as the first step.

In a fast-paced environment, this means the one piece with the highest information density is ensured to be delivered before e.g. getting interrupted. It also enables the listener to decide whether this topic is relevant early on in the communication and therefore shows respect for their attention.

After delivering the key message you can elaborate on the underlying insights or what broug... (read more)

Co-Creation of the Library of Effective Altruism [Information Design] (1/2)

Thank you to the many of you who have filled out the Google form as an alternative to writing a comment!

Here are some great points made:

  • the current average is at EA as a knowledge space being 75% principles/values and only 25% concrete knowledge


  • What We Owe The Future is heavily upvoted by those who already read it
  • Removing Factfulness from top line of books as there have been substantial critiques of New Optimism "people on both sides of the 'is the world getting better' debate can try to make the world better."
  • HPMOR should not be included in t
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Co-Creation of the Library of Effective Altruism [Information Design] (1/2)

I agree with your points made and I tried to explicitly address similar arguments in the original post!

The poster is meant to exactly distill the "canon" or "current orthodoxy" by aggregating what people currently and historically so far found most important to read. It is explicitly meant to distill this to quickly get a meta-knowledge of what that entails for various reasons: getting a quick introduction to precisely this meta-knowledge and the content but also to have a representation on which to build, precisely that, namely one's criticism of what is ... (read more)

The Cognitive Science of Rationality

With my current research together with John Vervaeke and Johannes Jaeger, I'm continuing the work on the cognitive science of rationality under uncertainty, bringing together the axiomatic approach (on which Stanovich et al. build) and the ecological approach. 

Here I talk about Rationality and Cognitive Science on the ClearerThinking Podcast. Here is a YouTube conversation between me and John, explaining our work and the "The paradigm shift in rationality". Here is the preprint of the same argumentation as "Rationality and Relevance Realization". John... (read more)

Thanks, Anna!
EA for dumb people?

First of all, thank you for speaking up about this. I know very smart people that are scared to just share their perspective on things and I do think THAT is very dumb.

Secondly, I do think donating some money regularly and cost-effectively is a safe bet, and freaking yourself out about "doing more" or even "the most" can easily be counterproductive. Just e.g. focusing on doing advocacy and explaining why evidence-based and cost-effective donations are good choices is still neglected in basically every country. There are many such relatively easy tasks that... (read more)

Co-Creation of the Library of Effective Altruism [Information Design] (1/2)

I noticed that I missed Elephant in the Brain, it's a remarkable book and I agree with including it in the next version.
Hidden Games I had not thought of at all.
Thank you!

Co-Creation of the Library of Effective Altruism [Information Design] (1/2)

Thank you very much!
One insight I got from the list is to simply put Why Nations Fail (and accordingly Guns, Germs, and Steel) into the Global Poverty / Development bracket

Co-Creation of the Library of Effective Altruism [Information Design] (1/2)

Thank you for the kind comment!

Those designs come under many different terms, from information design to data visualizations. Many different semantic pointers point in a similar direction. I love the map of philosophy, too. You might also (already know and) like Domains of Science. Very related to metascience and science of science. Here e.g. Max Noichl does a network analysis of current philosophy [More: 1, 2, 3]. More links here.

Yes, good point regarding interpersonal communication, I was also thinking about more "soft skills" to add. I did consider nonv... (read more)

The Effective Altruism Handbook

Came here to say the same. It would also help to actually print and bind it as a book to hand it to beginners. It gives a more "contained" perspective. With sequences online I always have the sense that the link tree never ends and my motivation to read it is reduced.

What are things everyone here should (maybe) read?

There is an Effective Altruism Books List on Goodreads, suggest more books and vote on the ones that are already on it.

What are things everyone here should (maybe) read?

Came here by searching for Frank Ramsey on the forum. I considered writing a post about the same biography you mentioned for the forum. It's very humbling to see how much he already thought of, which we now call EA. 

A related work I can recommend is "Exact Thinking in Demented Times: The Vienna Circle and the Epic Quest for the Foundations of Science"

Gavin Leech has recently jotted down some thoughts on Ramsey here [].
I would love to read such a post! Agreed — I think the Ramsey/Keynes-era Apostles [] would make an interesting case study of a 'proto-EA' community.
Interesting. Can you say a bit more about what aspects of EA Ramsey had thought of, in your view? His views on discounting and probability?
List of EA-related organisations

Such a good list, have meant to write one myself for a while and am pleased that you did it :)

Finding an egg cell donor in the EA community

Hey Linn, I wrote you a private response with thoughts about this :)