JP Addison

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The Blue Ribbon Panel on Biodefense Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense is funded by OpenPhil and works in the US FWIW.

OTOH, I think if it became a talking point in debates it could wind up with more funding, but would also risk becoming politicized, which could be bad for the efficacy of the approaches that end up being used.

Toby Ord’s ‘The Precipice’ is published!

I have a selfish question. How hard is it for y'all to get the audio synced with the text version? (Amazon calls this Whispersync.)

(This is selfish because despite constant evangelizing on my part, my friends are not that enthusiastic, and I have no indicators that I'm normal in my fanaticism for this feature.)

How effective were vote trading schemes in the 2016 U.S. presidential election?
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Note from site admin: I updated this post to be a Question-type post. Seems like a classic example of the genre, but let me know if you didn't want that.

How can EA local groups reduce likelihood of our members getting COVID-19 or other infectious diseases?

Very interested in the right answer here. Wikipedia says "90% alcohol rubs are more effective against viruses than most other forms of hand washing." (And I'm hoping it will generalize to the 70% concentration I typically use.) But here's a 2019 article that seems to show weak effectiveness against flu.

How can EA local groups reduce likelihood of our members getting COVID-19 or other infectious diseases?

I'd really like to see effectiveness differences between the gold standard and "regular person use".

How can EA local groups reduce likelihood of our members getting COVID-19 or other infectious diseases?

My guess is that putting hand sanitizer conspicuously out near food will be more important than teaching and modeling handwashing.

In general, reading that the WHO prefers sanitizer to handwashing (when your hands aren't visibly dirty) was a really big update for me, because hand sanitizer is so much easier to use.

Estimates of global captive vertebrate numbers

We'll ship soon after LessWrong does. When I last discussed with them, they were hoping to ship this quarter. The full version has collaborative editing features, but they might ship a non-collaborative version sooner.

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