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How Life Sciences Actually Work: Findings of a Year-Long Investigation

Added this quote to the Appendix:

writing an A0 makes me smarter. Writing an A1 makes me especially smarter. Taking smart criticism into account and finding solutions to address them is almost as good as having a great collaborator. /9 (https://twitter.com/HCCvPDAC/status/1162453567191433216)

How Life Sciences Actually Work: Findings of a Year-Long Investigation

Thanks so much for the feedback! Especially the point about writing grants being real science. I completely agree and I should add this in the post -- planning and thinking in detail about your research and expectations in the process of writing a grant application is indeed very much science.

How Life Sciences Actually Work: Findings of a Year-Long Investigation

I'm optimistic because the impression I had was that everything is just terrible. What I ended up concluding is that things are okay but there are still a lot of problems. The fact that even famous scientists have troubles raising money for interesting projects is one such problem.

William MacAskill misrepresents much of the evidence underlying his key arguments in "Doing Good Better"

I should note that now we know that William did in fact know that the draft was confidential. Quoting a comment of his above:

In hindsight, once I’d seen that you didn’t want the post shared I should have simply ignored it, and ensured you knew that it had been accidentally shared with me.

William MacAskill misrepresents much of the evidence underlying his key arguments in "Doing Good Better"

but MacAskill played no part in that

Just wanted to note that now we know that MacAskill knew that the draft was confidential.

William MacAskill misrepresents much of the evidence underlying his key arguments in "Doing Good Better"

As you know, the draft you sent to Julia was quite a bit more hostile than the published version

And the first draft that I sent to my friends was much more hostile than that. Every draft gets toned down and corrected a lot. This is precisely why I ask everybody not to share them.

William MacAskill misrepresents much of the evidence underlying his key arguments in "Doing Good Better"

Well, happens. Although if you forwarded it to Will, then he probably read the part of an email where I ask not to share it with anybody, but proceeded to read that draft and respond to a confidential draft anyway.

William MacAskill misrepresents much of the evidence underlying his key arguments in "Doing Good Better"

I guess this is a valid point of view. Just in case, I emailed GiveWell about this issue.

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