Finance Lead at CEA. Interested in cause prioritisation, interactions between cause areas, global catastrophic risk, and institutional changes that could help shape the long-term future. Also likes coffee and watching The Simpsons.
Thanks for posting this Ben, and great to see the discussions. Wishing you all the best!
Strongly upvoted for the link to the Castle. Btw in one podcast I'm pretty sure I heard Wiblin say "the general vibe of the thing"
Ah ok, no worries. I'm considering the course - do you know anyone who's currently on it?
Thanks Aaron. Sure - "perhaps you're not aware" was not intended to be condescending at all. And yes, the later sentence you wrote was the tone I was hoping for.
Thanks for putting this together. I'd be interested in the UCL write-up - is there an estimate on when that might be out please?
This is a nice idea, but I agree with Hauke that this risks increasing the extent to which EA is an echo chamber. Perhaps you're not aware of the (over)hype around some of these books in EA.
I think Rationally Speaking is particularly good at engaging with a range of people and perspectives.
Yeah I haven't read any of his stuff, just mentioning that he works on totalitarianism and authoritarianism. Not having read The Road to Unfreedom, it looks like he identifies trends in several geographies which could be useful for the questions you're looking at.
There's also a chapter in Global Catastrophic Risks on the topic, though I forget who wrote it
Timothy Snyder is an academic looking at this question who has written several books on the topic, e.g. this and this.
Someone shared this link with me which supports your view that lump-sum is generally better, especially if you don't have diminishing utility.