I'm a contact person for the effective altruism community: https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/hYh6jKBsKXH8mWwtc/a-contact-person-for-the-ea-community

Please feel free to contact me at julia.wise@centreforeffectivealtruism.org.

I work at CEA as a community liaison, trying to make the EA community stronger and more welcoming. I'm also the president of Giving What We Can, which is a project of CEA. I serve on the board of GiveWell.

Besides effective altruism, I'm interested in folk dance and trying to keep up with my two young children.

Julia_Wise's Comments

Shoot Your Shot

I try to keep this list of EA syllabi up to date. Please do check out the materials from other classes, and let me know if you have a reading list or similar you'd like me to add!

How do you feel about the main EA facebook group?

The Facebook group has nearly 18,000 members, most of whom are new to EA. If you remember it being different in 2015, it was. But it also had a third as many people.

Who should give sperm/eggs?

I think discussion of this typically doesn't acknowledge that it's actually not an option for most people. Your age, test scores, weight, height, attractiveness, ethnicity, and personal and family medical and mental health history all have to be what the agency wants. Most people I know who've considered this option have not made it past the screening. Even if you're donating for a friend or family member, their clinic may not approve you e.g. if you've experienced mental health problems.

Snails used for human consumption: The case of meat and slime

Maybe this has been addressed somewhere and I missed it, but is there research on how snails might experience pain? It seems like there's particular doubt about whether bivalves experience sensation. How close are snails to bivalves in that way?

More info on EA Global admissions

Yes, we do take attendees' travel costs into consideration. This is part of why we went back to having multiple EA Global conferences after trying out having only one in 2016, and why we have continued to have EAGx events, so that more people have something near them. We recognize that reduced travel costs would be one benefit to having more events.

Quote from Strangers Drowning

I was thinking about something related a while ago. I think most people find utilitarian thought experiments about things like kidneys kind of horrifying. But the draft - the idea that young men's freedom and lives can be claimed by the government for the sake of the nation's welfare - has been more or less accepted for millennia because it's how armies function. You could frame it as a utilitarian thought experiment: "Hey, what if the government randomly selected people to go do dangerous and traumatic work, where they might get killed, for the sake of their fellow citizens? It would be for the greater good." I'd guess most people would find this horrifying.

Which Community Building Projects Get Funded?

I'm wondering if there's confusion around what's meant by "community building grants." I'm imagining that Alex means something like "If EA Macedonia wants funding, we're going to refer them to CEA's CBG program because they specialize in local and national groups. But if someone wants to do something like mental health resources for the community, the Meta Fund would still consider that our remit." Is that right?

EA Hotel Fundraiser 5: Out of runway!

After talking more with Greg, I realized I should clarify that I don't mean I think something went badly wrong at the Hotel.

As Nicole said above, CEA would be happy to help the Hotel with finding an excellent Project and Community Manager, and to consider helping to fund these roles if there's another source of general funding.

I have no objections to other donors supporting the Hotel. The default is that projects don't get EA Grants, and this situation should be seen as "the default happened" rather than "the Hotel did something unusually bad to disqualify itself from funding it would otherwise have gotten."

EA Hotel Fundraiser 5: Out of runway!

From my perspective, I repeatedly gave you information about a situation that I saw as a problem. How you decided to handle the problem as the manager of the project was up to you. We don't see it as a good idea for funders to make ultimatums about the staffing decisions of potential grantees. But as Nicole said, this was one of the things among many she considered when looking back at the history of the project.

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