Jack O'Brien

Topic Contributions


Why 80 000 hours should recommend more people become drug lords

Thank you, I will be sharing this with some drug-aligned people in the local EA community, and conversely some EA-aligned people in my local drug community

What are great marketing ideas to encourage pre-orders of What We Owe The Future?

I'm surprised you didn't mention Sam Harris, he is hugely sympathetic to EA and has introduced quite a few people to the movement

Jack O'Brien's Shortform

Does anybody have a good graphic to visualise the number of potential future lives?

Personal health is instrumental to being effective

Thanks for writing this Ryan! I think it's valuable for many EAs, myself included. I have found my mind circling around this idea that "health is instrumentally useful" for some time now and you've made a strong case for it.

I'm just gonna write here about my thoughts on improving my exercise, and maybe somebody else will relate.

I don't exercise enough, because of 2 excuses: (a) today's work is more pressing than exercising, I can delay until another time; (b) exercising properly takes some time investment to prevent injury, and it's not worth investing the time

I think these concerns come from a mindset of greedily maximising impact, leading to minimising self-care. Of course, my approach is not ACTUALLY maximising impact because personal health is instrumentally useful. But without careful thought it's easy to fall into the heuristic which says "maximise the amount of time thinking about EA stuff" - I think the actual process of living an impactful life involves a much more nuanced thought process than this heuristic.

It helps to hear this message from you, Ryan. It's somewhat given me license to devote more time to exercising.

Where to find EA-related videos

Rational Animations explain ideas in rationality, longtermism, and the Fermi paradox with a clear, concise animated style: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgqt1RE0k0MIr0LoyJRy2lg

EA Internships Board Now Live!

Thank you for making this job board! I'll find it very useful. Can I suggest you organise a mailing list, in the same vein as the 80,000 Hours Job board mailing list? I think it's most important to touch on the most promising internships  you've recently added.  I find it really helpful to get email reminders like that.