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FTX/CEA - show us your numbers!

Personally, I don't have a problem with the title. It clearly states the central point of the post. 

FTX/CEA - show us your numbers!

Regarding the example, spending $5k on EA group dinners is really not that much if it has even a 2% chance to cause one additional career change.

How much of the impact generated by the career change are you attributing to CEA spending here? I'm just wondering because counterfactuals run into the issue of double-counting (as discussed here). 

Democratising Risk - or how EA deals with critics

I agree that there is an analogy to animal suffering here, but there's a difference in degree I think. To longtermists, the importance of future generations is many orders of magnitude higher than the importance of animal suffering is to animal welfare advocates. Therefore, I would claim, longtermists are more likely to ignore other non-longtermist considerations than animal welfare advocates would be.

Democratising Risk - or how EA deals with critics

Thanks for writing this! It seems like you've gone through a lot in publishing this. I am glad you had the courage and grit to go through with it despite the backlash you faced. 

Which EA orgs, programs, companies, etc. started as side projects?

Not sure if this fits, but it seems like 80,000 hours started as somewhat of a side project. This 2015 article it says 80k started with Will MacAskill and Ben Todd “forming a discussion group and giving lectures on the topic, then eventually creating 80,000 Hours to spread their ideas.” (They link to this vintage lecture they gave.)

I’m not sure how much of a “side project” this was to Ben and Will. Maybe others know more about that era.

Exposure to 3m Pointless viewers- what to promote?

I agree with Aaron! Given the little time you have, I would make the pitch as simple as possible.

The Explanatory Obstacle of EA

Fair enough. I would guess you can usually have a higher impact through your career since you are doing something you've specialized in. But the first two examples you bring up seem valid.

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