Michael Huang

There's an old joke. Two elderly women are at a Catskill mountain resort, and one of 'em says, "Boy, the food at this place is really terrible." The other one says, "Yeah, I know, and such small portions."

Well, that's essentially how I feel about life. Full of loneliness, and misery, and suffering, and unhappiness, and it's all over much too quickly.

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Wild Animal Welfare Literature Library: Original Research and Cause Prioritization

An introductory reading list on wild animal welfare that covers all the important debates:

  • Should we intervene in wild animal welfare?
  • Will interventions work? Are they tractable?
  • What impact will wild animal welfare have on the long-term future?

The post was part of a 2018 series, the Wild Animal Welfare Literature Library Project.

Wild animal welfare has increased in prominence since then, e.g. Animal Charity Evaluators has regularly identified wild animal welfare as a key cause area.

Isaac Asimov: The Last Question

It was Isaac Asimov's favorite story of the hundreds of stories he has written.

I found the ending impossible to forget.



Very utopian. This is what could happen if everything goes right with AGI. The story doesn't cover all the things that could go wrong.

Help, Please: Integrating EA Ideas into Large Research Organization

Thanks for your post!

Would an open access repository plus an open peer review system like PREreview or the Open Peer Review Module meet your needs?

Also, is there a need to create an open access multidisciplinary repository (green open access) for effective altruism researchers? Or is the existing network of repositories enough?

EA Forum Creative Writing Contest: $22,000 in prizes for good stories

Hi Aaron,

Many thanks to you and everyone for organising and funding this contest.

If anyone is interested in a sequel, November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days.

A good opportunity to expand that short story into a novel!

Resources on Animal Ethics and Helping Animals

Thanks for creating this comprehensive list!

For the wild animal suffering section, there’s a book by Kyle Johannsen that covers the ethics of intervention:


All Possible Views About Humanity's Future Are Wild

The timelines do a great job of visualising how colonisation would be completed quickly on a cosmic timescale.

There was also a memorable visualisation in Scientific American depicting how space colonies grow exponentially to fill the galaxy:  Crawford, Ian (2000) Where are they? Maybe we are alone in the galaxy after all, Scientific American, July.

The time it takes to colonise the galaxy depends on the speed of the colony ships and the time it takes for new colonies to create colony ships of their own.

The remarkable thing is that the home planet only needs to send out two successful colony expeditions to start the colonisation wave. That's it. Just two ships to colonise the galaxy. One of the most high impact projects one can think of.

New? Start here! (Useful links)

That would work. Or an information symbol ⓘ (the letter 'i' in a circle).

Or a green sprout. Some games have that to indicate new players.

Gene drives

No worries, thanks for renaming it. I have added a short lead section.

JonathanSalter's Shortform

Hello! The EA Hub has some scripts and slides in English: https://resources.eahub.org/events/intro/

Try contacting a staff member from the Groups Team, e.g. Catherine Low, for tips and pointers: https://www.centreforeffectivealtruism.org/team/

Michael Huang's Shortform

Humanitarian Assistance for Wild Animals

New article about wild animal suffering, interventions, genome editing and gene drives:

Johannsen, Kyle (2021). Humanitarian Assistance for Wild Animals. The Philosophers' Magazine 93:33-37. Available on PhilArchive: https://philarchive.org/archive/JOHHAF-5

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