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I could get on board with "Climate change is not neglected, but humanity is still terrible at dealing with it with pretty severe consequences, so it makes sense for EAs who are interested or have a comparative advantage to work on it". I'm not sure if I understand the focus on Canadian policy and voters, either. I think it's because there's a lot of pieces of the puzzle between voters caring about climate change (and I think most of them do!) and humans being good at reversing climate change. For example, what does good policy look like? Does it exist already or does it need to be made? How can a voter tell what is good? And then zooming out from that: Are the proper industry supports in place to fully reap the benefits of good policy? Are the proper technological research, R&D, entrepreneurial energy, removal of red tape for building things, and investment dollars there to flesh out the industry?

ah, i guess it depends on the reliability of your health care... when i was thinking the most about this i was not in the USA. thanks, this is a good and balanced point.

thank you, really love this post! i see that some of your recommendations hinge on using the bipolar diagnostic questionnaire as a diagnostic tool. I think that the questionnaire is actually part of the problem. I suspect that many people with treatment-resistant depression don't become obviously hypomanic or manic enough for the doctor to be able to diagnose bipolar type II even if they have it, and so they keep trying wrong meds for years.

I suspect that the solution to this is to update the diagnostic questionnaire to check for differences in how people react to low sleep. The author of Unquiet Mind also wrote a textbook about this, and bipolar is super related to sleep. Most people feel terrible on low sleep, but bipolar people tend to feel great, and can get hypomanic or manic from low sleep. For example, I bet that guy who wrote that debunked post on the LessWrong forum about how people need less sleep has bipolar (

For those trying to hack treatment-resistant depression who suspect they have bipolar, the right thing to do might be to ask to try Lamotrigine, if you've already tried a few other drugs that didn't work. I'm less sure about this, but if your physician isn't willing to do that for you, you could ask for something like Effexor which can trigger a hypomanic episode, and then get your bipolar type II diagnosis so that you can get lamotrigine.

hehe no worries at all. it's confusing, but ruth grace has better SEO than just ruth :D

I'm super happy I finally published something substantial! I had gotten a grant to write a paper on philanthropy-driven movement building (how rich people can change public opinion and policy strategically with their money) in February. I'm still working on that paper but I got side tracked in wanting to write a better critique of open philanthropy's criminal justice reform efforts. It took SO much longer than I thought it would, but I think it turned out well. It's my first serious research-paper-like publication on this forum. Would love to hear your feedback if you get a chance to read it:

THIS. IS. LIFE. CHANGING. thank you thank you thank you

I think that the greatest value that this post serves is in giving young people some pause when they are relying on CEA-governed resources to try to determine how to live their life. Thank you.

A phrase that I really like to describe longtermism is "altruistic rationalty" which covers activities that are a subset of "effective altruism"

People working in producing and moving physical goods, to be able to have more impact on the physical world. I would guess that is kind of work, and starting companies to provide this kind of work is the most likely activity to bring low income countries to middle income

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