All of Dvir Caspi's Comments + Replies

Reducing long-term risks from malevolent actors

Regarding neurological measurements - there is actually really significant fMRI work which demonstrates lack of empathy and fearlessness. I would recommend reading some of the work by Prof. Abigail Marsh  

I want to be replaced

This post inspired me a lot... Thank you. 

1Ging Geronimo4mo
Thanks, Dvir.
Introducing Shrimp Welfare Project

I cannot put into word how deeply I appreciate your work. Thank you and everyone involved.  
p.s love the logo.

3Andres Jimenez5mo
Thanks a lot! Hearing that people out there care as much as us about this topic, really gives us a big energy boost. PS: we're really proud of our logo as well ;) Thanks to the Charity Entrepreneurship team for their help with it and to Jennifer from Fish Welfare Initiative (...she knows why)

Good idea, added this point to the pitch.  :) 

Preprint is out! 100,000 lumens to treat seasonal affective disorder

Well done!! 

I would absolutely love if you will post these results to our FB group Psychologists for Effective Altruism. (Please Join!)  

Have you tried publishing your results to Mental Health Innovation Network? It is a fantastic organization and they try to promote such novel interventions. 

And I'm sure that if your N was a bit bigger you would have reached the statistical significance that would show that BROAD is superior to the Light Box!! 


Thanks so much! I'm already in this group, thanks for the reminder to post there. Just did it :)

Hey guys, took some time to revise my post - clarifying bullets, adding a few examples, and most importantly - making a true "elevator pitch" section before my elaboration. 

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Proposal: alternative to traditional academic journals for EA-relevant research (multi-link post)

All I have to say is that I'm  a huge fan. Thank you and please keep us updated!  

Thanks. Watch this space [] and also [].
Is there anyone working full-time on helping EAs address mental health problems?

I like this post, a lot, thanks Richard!
I think you are addressing two things - 

1. The first is something called "burnout" - in which you feel absolutely depleted and exhausted from your work. EAers are more prone to this, because you feel a lot of weight on your shoulders when you work on something that its success or failure could impact peoples lives. Even more prone are EAers that are activists, working on projects that do not enjoy common support - and even the opposite. I can share from my personal experience I had as an Animal Rights activist -... (read more)

3Ben Williamson7mo
I'm guessing you've probably seen this already if you're interested in burnout for EAs but this [] is a good article on the topic published a few years ago on the Forum (though I'm sure a new article could add additional value!)

I read now, well.. it's a pretty cynical post. While there are obviously those books that give you false magical hopes for instant relief, and it's fun to joke about them, I am not a fan of the cynical tone. Some people say cynicism is the opposite of hope, and I kinda agree. While it's good to criticize, Mental health and health in general are supposed to be  fields of hope. Obviously not false hope, but there are objective and subjective reasons for hope in treatment. 
However, there are still some important points in the post which I am definitely noting down.  

That's a great perspective, appreciate it!! Inspires me.
Tiny side note - clinical psychologist not psychiatrist (psychiatrists are also in mental health, but are medical doctors, and can prescribe medications). 

Thank you for your comment. I would like to address your first point. While gov. funds do need a political push,  and that societal change is trickier than thought, general innovation in Mental Health that could benefit society does not require any grand political change or push. There is meaningful innovation already both in non-profit and for-profit sectors. And your example of Gates' funds that if he tries to directly fund health in general he will run out of money, it's obviously true. But that doesn't mean that careful capital couldn't be allocated to promising health innovations for-profit and non-profit, similarly to many other fields.  

Thank you, I will definitely definitely read. 

Hi Uri, thanks for your reply. :) 
While Mental Health is neglected in terms of government funds, it is not neglected at all in terms of the number of people who are interested in this field. Many are. So by this criteria it doesn't line up with the EA mindset.  
Regarding the highly solvable or tractable, I think this is very challenging to evaluate.. But this could and should be a further discussion.
Regarding the Happier Lives Institute, I have read some of their posts and reports, but admit that I am not familiar enough.  Mental Health Innovation Network is also a great organization in this space. 

From a broad enough perspective no cause area EA deals with is neglected. Poverty? Billions donated annually. AI? Every other start up uses it. So we start narrowing it down: poverty -> malaria-> bednets. There is every reason to believe mental health has neglected yet tractable and highly impactful areas, because of the size of the problem as you outline it, and because mental health touches all of us all the time in everything we do (when by health we don’t just mean the absence of disease but the maximization of wellbeing). I think EA concepts are here to challenge us. Being a clinical psychiatrist is amazing, you can probably help hundreds of people. Could you do more? What’s going on in other parts of the globe, where is humanity headed towards in the future? This challenge does not have to be burdensome, it can be inspiring. It should certainly not paralyze you and prevent you from doing any good at all. Like a mathematician obsessed with proving a theorem, or a physicist relentlessly searching for the theory of everything, they also do other work, but never give up the challenge.