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Good framing! This problem extends not just to organizations and such, but also to people's  individual intellectual processes (and really all areas of life).  Like people naturally avoid "consider the opposite" type tools in their thinking. And even when it would be very revealing, people avoid thinking from other people's perspectives.

I also think its easy to be too negative on this kind of avoidance. At a fundamental level its there for a good reason (too much feedback is overwhelming),  its important  to be able to be OK that you are in fact avoiding some kinds of feedback so that you can grow what you do accept.

But obviously pointing out feedback avoidance is good.

Tips on talking about effective altruism

What does the beginning of your pitch sound like?

$10k of Experimental EA Funding

minor: this would look more professional if you changed the font to match the normal font. Its different here and looks weird.

The Value of Starting a Giving What We Can/EA Chapter

A counter force is that at least some of those people would have found EA anyway or found GiveWell and donated to effective charities.

However, for lots of people (for example, me) the in person connection is going to make them a lot more excited than just finding out about the movement in the abstract. In my case, that's made me donate substantially more than I would otherwise.

Help a Canadian give with a tax-deduction by swapping donations with them!

I'm not sure if I'm donating to AMF this year, but we're hosting a Donation Decision Day in Seattle on December 28th, and there will probably be people there donating. Who should I contact if we have people that are donating to AMF?

You have a set amount of "weirdness points". Spend them wisely.

Clean up and look good

This is one of the big benefits I've found from learning to dress well. People generally seem much more positively disposed to the weird ideas I talk about now that I dress well and have good social skills. People interpret weird ideas from high status people much more favorably than they do from less high status people.

I think the lesson here is that its useful to spend time learning to dress well, develop social skills and otherwise become high status. I have some advice on learning how to dress well (mostly for men).

Should Giving What We Can change its Pledge?

I plan EA meetups and attended the EA summit and give about 20% of my income. I haven't taken the pledge, but was thinking about it, and my guess is I will take it anyway. I would be more likely to take it and take it faster if you made the change.

I wonder if you've had a a poet look at the pledge. It would be nice if it also sounded poetic. For example, you might replace "a significant amount of good" with "much good", and I'm sure with more wordsmithing, you could develop real beauty.

Tell us about your recent EA activities

Seattle Effective Altruists recent meetups:

  • Dinner with Nick Bostrom
  • Criticisms of EA discussion
  • Existential risk discussion

Future meetups:

  • Factory Farming documentary night (Earthling and Farm To Fridge)
  • Style for Effective Altruists
  • Short talk from Giving What We Can on the pledge

Myself:

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