Francis

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Announcing a Student Essay Contest on The Precipice

Rules clarification: are current undergraduate students who will be graduating prior to the June 15th deadline eligible, provided that they submit their essay before they graduate?

[Creative Writing Contest] Jump

Hi Jackson! I chose to set this story in an (admittedly very science-fictional) future civilization for a couple of reasons:

  1. I was trying to write a story that a random person with no familiarity would find interesting enough to actually read. I think most people would be pretty unlikely to read a story if it were billed as "two people talk about their jobs," and much more likely to read a story about a spaceship pilot.
  2. Part of the point of the story is that the analytic frameworks of effective altruism aren't just applicable to our time period, but can (at least in theory) be applied anywhere with the opportunity to do good.