Jonathan Yan

272Joined Apr 2022


I don't disagree but I also don't find them evidently true.

For a beginner billionaire of precisely $1b net worth, why is giving away $900m and only spending $100m not the best thing for wellbeing? How to do better?

And why is spending on reputation-boosting donations better than on luxuries? I get that donations to effective charities are better, but other donations can be orders of magnitudes less effective. On the other hand, luxury brands like LV and Hermès have a gross profit margin of around 70%, buying them is essentially a wealth transfer to the brands' owners, who usually engage in substantial philanthropic activities. Maybe their activities are more effective to offset the cost of goods?

Why does Anthropic have a valuation at all? "Anthropic is a public benefit corporation", according to its homepage. Is it still allowed then to distribute profits?

I deep-dived into crypto in the latter half of 2020 because I was curious what was going on there. It took me a few months to see but what's said in the top-level comment were basically all true back then. I started my learning from scratch with an open mind, I would imagine had one looked into SBF activities with due diligence in mind, questionable behavior would be obvious to see.

New to EA Hong Kong but already familiar with EA? Start here!

Here is the link to the book hosted on a Chinese website, with further links to the chapters. I had a poor experience reading on that website but unfortunately I was unable to find a more pleasant one.

EA lets me signal my values to like-minded people, and feel part of an in-group

I felt this, but none of the other points on OP's list, then I realized that the people I signaled to were not in fact like-minded. So as I am finishing this paragraph, no point on the list applies to me any more.

Illumine Lingao aka Morning Star of Lingao, is a Chinese time travel novel.

In the story, more than 500 people from early-21st-century China intentionally travel back in time to the late Ming dynasty in 1628 AD. Settling in Lingao County on the island of Hainan, the time travelers set out to establish an industrialized society and change the course of history.

The work is crowd-authored by hundreds of netizens and praised for its realistic depictions of how to bootstap an industrial civilization from scratch.

What are the financial incentives of grantmaking? In particular, I would like to know if the compensation of a typical full-time grantmaker in the EA world is substantially tied to the amount of grants advised.

Note that this question is not about the altruistic incentives or whether they matter more than financial incentives. This question is also not suggesting the existence of any complex financial incentives. Not knowing much about EA grantmaking, my assumption is that a typical grantmaker is most likely paid a fixed salary plus benefits.

There is a big gap between killing all of us and ending future conscious life (on earth, in our galaxy, entire universe/multiverse?)

"one EA org pays a salary over $1,000,000" -- high info content should be on top!

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