My name is Edo, I'm one of the co-organisers of EA Israel. I'm also helping out in moderation for the forum, feel free to reach out if I can help with anything.

I have studied mathematics, worked as an mathematical researcher in the IDF and was in training and leadership roles. After that I started a PhD in CS, where I helped to start a research center with the goal of advancing Biological research using general mathematical abstractions. After about 6 months I have decided to leave the center and the PhD program.

Currently, I'm mostly thinking about improving the scientific ecosystem and particularly how one can prioritize better within basic science.

Generally, I'm very excited about improving prioritisation within EA and how we conduct our research around it and EA causes in general. I'm also very interested in better coordination and initiative support within the EA community. Well, I'm pretty excited about the EA community and basically everything else that has to do with doing the most good.

My Virtue Ethic brain parts really appreciates honesty and openness, curiosity and self-improvement, caring and supporting, productivity and goal-orientedness, cooperating as the default option and fixing broken systems.


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Cause area : Fundamental Research

You can read some of my thoughts on relevant issues here, an analysis of the value of medical research here, and very relevant discussions under the Differential Progress tag

Cause area : Fundamental Research

Sorry, but I've downvoted this post. Generally speaking, I think that it is very possible that some fundamental research is extremely important but I don't think that this post adds value to this discussion.

The two major problems that I see in this post, besides its brevity (which might actually be good in some cases!), are

  1. One-sidedness. This post seems to try and persuade that fundamental research is important, rather than assess it truthfully. I find that such posts usually don't help me, because I expect there to be counter arguments which are omitted.
  2. Lack of engagement with relevant arguments. This topic has been addressed before, and I heavily encourage you to search more on the forum (you can start with this tag).

I would really like to see more discussion on this topic and I definitely encourage you to read and write more about it! (A potentially fun experiment I'd like someone to do is to have a Change My View thread about such a topic; Perhaps you can have one on the importance of fundamental research. I'd also naturally be very interested in any independent research or a synthesis of information on this topic if you are up to do more work).

Announcing "Naming What We Can"!

I can't wait for a new Bennian paradigm shift

Announcing "Naming What We Can"!

Sorry, I've tried very hard but guesstimate is near perfection

Announcing "Naming What We Can"!

Thanks for your valuable critique! I've updated our model accordingly. 

Must say that I should have been more skeptical when my calculation resulted in a post that's worth 0.4 QALY. Now, after also raising our estimates for total Karma (wow!) we estimate our impact as 0.018 QALYs, which makes more sense. 

Announcing "Naming What We Can"!

How about Smiles Without Borders (SWB)?  Potentially include a "Research Institute"

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