Neil Crawford

44 karmaJoined Mar 2022Pursuing a doctoral degree (e.g. PhD)Irvine, CA, USA


I'm a PhD student in Logic and Philosophy of Science at UC Irvine. I've been involved in Effective Altruism since the start of my undergrad at LSE in 2018. I'm working on evolutionary game theory with the ambition of contributing to AI safety. I'm reachable by email ( and by Zoom (


Thank you so much for sharing your experience, Catherine! I found this super helpful!

I also prefer listening and speaking to reading and writing (unless there's a diagram or maths involved). I suppose it'd be best to excel in all 4, but at least text-to-speech makes reading easier :)

  • Anyone can call themselves a part of the EA movement.

Don't you think there are some minimal values that one must hold to be an Effective Altruist? E.g. Four Ideas You Already Agree With (That Mean You're Probably on Board with Effective Altruism) · Giving What We Can.

It seems to me that there are some core principles of Effective Altruism such that if someone doesn't hold them, I don't think it'd make sense to consider them an Effective Altruist.

To be clear, I don't disagree that anyone can call themselves part of the EA movement. I'm more wondering whether I would/should call someone an Effective Altruist if, for example, they don't think it's important to help others. 

Thanks, Ryan. You make a good point! The idea of external interest groups hijacking academic departments doesn't sound like a good precendent to set. At the least, I would weaken my proposal's Point 3, ruling out these EA hires taking part in their department's future hiring decisions. They shouldn't have the same privileges as other department faculty members, though they should be able to advise PhD students and set up research groups.