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[Discussion] What does winning look like?

Some possible criteria:

  • Number of GWWC members
  • Number of GWWC pledge signers
  • Number of EA facebook group members
  • Amount of traffic on this website
  • Amount of money moved by GiveWell
  • Amount of 80k Hours career advice requests
  • Number of applications
  • Amount of media coverage
  • Amount of positive media coverage
  • Number of EA organizations and projects
  • Size and scale of EA organizations and projects
  • Number of job applications at EA organizations
  • Number of applications for EA funds, contests, and projects
  • Amount of money donated by EAs
  • Level of credibility EA holds in academia
Should I be vegan?

I'm in a similar place to you.

One thing I think about that I didn't see you mention in your post is the pressure to remain consistent with this rise in your moral standards.

i.e. if eating meat has a Badness Score of -20 but eating dairy has a badness score of -10, then going from vegetarian to vegan seems to apply pressure on you to give up all your other behaviours that fall between -20 and -10 on the spectrum. (Maybe you now have to care more about recycling or something.)

Five books to make you super effective

Thanks! Do any of these happen to be easily accessible online? I haven't been able to find them yet.

The 2014 Survey of Effective Altruists: Results and Analysis

Probably because the average age is so low (~25) - lots of students and people just starting out their careers.

Seth Baum AMA next Tuesday on the EA Forum

Well, since nobody has asked anything...

Of all the arguments you've heard for de-prioritizing GCR reduction, which do you find most convincing?

4 Common (Hedonic) Prediction Failures and How to Fix Them

FYI in case you didn't know, CFAR posts are automatically posted to the "Recent on EA Blogs" bar on the right side of the page, which is how I read this piece.

Announcing EffectiveAltruism.org

Cool. Is the site targeted at people new to EA?

As someone that already knows the basic concepts and the organizations, I don't feel a need to return to the website other than to see what's changed.

Maybe you could link to the EA Forum and the EA Job Board? Have a news feed containing original content, news articles, blog posts, or .impact hackpad posts? Have or link to a page of open research questions?

Features that would get people to return after they've become familiar with the basics.

Stuck? Talk to an EA Buddy!

Any updates on how this has gone?

January Open Thread

I'm interested in the social movement research and in your blogging carnival suggestion.

January Open Thread

Even if your goal is to do as much good as possible, you might do better in a field that really motivates you than in a field that typically produces high salaries but that doesn't interest you much. I also dislike applying for jobs - usually because the jobs I apply for are often jobs that I don't want. However, I like applying for jobs that I do want and that I think I'm qualified for. If you don't feel qualified for jobs in your field then I don't know what to say other than (1) maybe you are qualified but you just have a negatively biased self-image, (2) you can make yourself qualified by learning more and picking up new skills, and (3) figure out what you are qualified and motivated to do and go do that instead.

My best answer to "inability to believe in oneself" (and almost everything else) is rigorous organization. Track your time, set yourself at least daily, weekly, and monthly goals, develop routines (e.g. a morning routine), exercise regularly, set an alarm even on days that you don't have plans, etc. I started this about five weeks ago and saw extreme results almost overnight.

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