BarryGrimes

I am the Communications Manager at the Happier Lives Institute, helping to build a community of researchers, influencers, and decision-makers who use subjective well-being measures to identify the best ways to improve the lives of others.

Before that, I was part of the Events Team at the Centre for Effective Altruism, helping to produce EA Global and EAGx conferences.

I practice secular Buddhism and try to meditate for two hours each day. Buddhist philosophy drives my commitment to effective altruism and doing the best I can to reduce the suffering of others.

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EA is more than longtermism

I don’t recall seeing the ~70-80% number mentioned before in previous posts but I may have missed it.

I’m curious to know what the numbers are for the other cause areas and to see the reasoning for each laid out transparently in a separate post.

I think that CEA’s cause prioritisation is the closest thing the community has to an EA ‘parliament’ and for that process to have legitimacy it should be presented openly and be subject to critique.

EA is more than longtermism

Thanks David! I won’t update much on this given the small amount of data but this seems like an important area for CEA to be tracking in terms of their recruitment, retention, and diversity goals.

EA is more than longtermism

This is a really helpful chart and has updated my model of the community more than any of the written comments.

For a community of data nerds, it’s surprising that we don’t use data visualisations in our Forum comments more regularly.

Do you have data on the trends over time? I’m interested to know if the three attributes are getting closer together or further apart at both ends of the engagement spectrum.

My hypothesis is that the attributes will be getting closer together at low levels of engagement and getting further apart at the higher levels.

Effective altruism’s odd attitude to mental health

Has anyone done the analysis to determine the most cost-effective ways to increase the productivity of the EA community? It's not obvious to me that focussing on mental health would be the best option. If that is the case, I feel confused about the rationale for prioritising the mental health of EAs over other productivity interventions.

Against immortality?

The (increasing) majority of the world's population already believes that their soul is immortal and that their actions in this life will determine the quality of their afterlife/rebirth.  

I'm interested to hear religious perspectives on the value of life extension and immortality as I expect this will be one of the most important factors in the adoption of technological advances in longevity.

Donating money, buying happiness: new meta-analyses comparing the cost-effectiveness of cash transfers and psychotherapy in terms of subjective well-being

We have published an updated cost-effectiveness comparison of psychotherapy and cash transfers to include an estimate of the effects on other household members. You can read a summary here.

For cash transfers, we estimate that each household member experiences 86% of the benefits experienced by the recipient. For psychotherapy, we estimate the spillover ratio to be 53%.

After including the household spillover effects, we estimate that StrongMinds is 9 times more cost-effective than GiveDirectly (a slight reduction from 12 times in our previous analysis). 

Donating money, buying happiness: new meta-analyses comparing the cost-effectiveness of cash transfers and psychotherapy in terms of subjective well-being

As a result of Alexander's feedback, we’ve updated our cost-effectiveness comparison of psychotherapy and cash transfers to include an estimate of the effects on other household members. Our previous analysis only considered the effects on recipients.  

You can read a summary of our new analysis here.

For cash transfers, we estimate that each household member experiences 86% of the benefits experienced by the recipient. For psychotherapy, we estimate the spillover ratio to be 53%.

After including the household spillover effects, we estimate that StrongMinds is 9 times more cost-effective than GiveDirectly (a slight reduction from 12 times in our previous analysis). 

This new analysis of household effects is based on a small number of studies, eight for cash transfers and three for psychotherapy. The lack of data on household effects is a serious gap in the literature that should be addressed by further research because it is such a large part - indeed, the majority - of the total effects. The significance of household effects seems plausibly crucial for many interventions, such as poverty alleviation programmes, housing improvement interventions, and air or water quality improvements.

Announcing Impact Island: A New EA Reality TV Show
We've invited Will MacAskill, Elon Musk, Grimes, and Eliezer Yudkowsky to be our celebrity judges.

I haven't received my invite yet (probably because you left out my first name)

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