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College and Earning to Give

Combine this with the destitute medicare strategy, and have them adopted by grandparents:

Concerns with ACE's Recent Behavior

making this claim


I'm confused: the bit you're quoting is asking a question, not making a claim.

College and Earning to Give

I haven't seen other resources that talk about the cost of college this way, but I also don't spend much time looking at financial planning advice?

The approach in this post is only relevant to a pretty small fraction of people:

  • Your children need to be likely enough to be admitted to the kind of institution that commits to meeting 100% of demonstrated financial need, or otherwise has a similar  "100% effective tax rate" that it's worth considering.
  • You need to not be very interested in saving money for your own future use.  The CSS Profile suggesting 5%/y for parental assets means that with three kids at 4y each you might be asked for 60% of assets.  (Note that the CSS profile does ask about parental retirement accounts, and some schools do consider those assets).
  • Your earnings need to be low enough just before and during college, either because your career has never been highly lucrative or because you are willing to change your line of work for that time period.

I think this is likely enough that a 529 plan or similar does not make sense for our family, but I'm planning to revisit when my kids are getting close to high school (and I have a better sense of their academic standing) before considering a career change.

Why do so few EAs and Rationalists have children?

The Plough link is broken; it should be

Some preliminaries and a claim

I don't think this is actually a reasonable request to make here?

EA Relationship Status

What do you think the "for life" adds to the pledge if not "for the rest of your lives"?

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See the discussion here:

It doesn't account for a very much of the data, unfortunately.

EA Relationship Status

"for life" sounds just as permanent to me, if less morbid, than "till death do us part"

Some thoughts on deference and inside-view models

Similar with what you're saying about AI alignment being preparadigmatic, a major reason why trying to prove the Riemann conjecture head-on would be a bad idea is that people have already been trying to do that for a long time without success. I expect the first people to consider the conjecture approached it directly, and were reasonable to do so.

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