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I signed a pledge when I was a student to do this. I wanted to make helping others a big part of my life, but also wanted a relatively normal life and career. I found it reasonably easy to do by not inflating my lifestyle too much from when I was a student, basically just acting as though I’m on a lower salary.

Also, I listened to Peter Singer, author of The Life You Can Save, on this podcast and it really changed the way I think about charity. Would recommend.

One of the most inconvenient truths for me is that we are much less rational than we think. We don't judge rationally, we rationalize. Our decision processes are mostly sentimental. Most of the time, half of our brain reaches a decision quite quickly, and then the rational part comes in and tries to make sure there aren't many obvious flaws.

It takes serious work to distance yourself and identify your biases and double standards. And you can't do it without reliable information, that's why fake news have disrupted our judgement so thoroughly. Flat-earthers are close to impossible to convince they're wrong because they are so emotionally invested in their belief that even a few poor arguments are enough to make them disregard all our scientific progress.

More inconvenience: Being rational wouldn't be good for you anyway. Most of the world is complex. Politics are complex, machines and systems are complex, human relationships are complex. Even if you had all the necessary information, you couldn't process it in real time. But often you need to do so, because something is always happening and people expect you to take a stance. You need to have rules of thumb, shortcuts to quick answers. We call them principles, gut feelings, "the ways of our people", and they have been bestowed upon us through hundreds of years of experiences, trials and failures. You can't prosper without them, you can barely survive.

It all depends what your dream job is I guess, but also keep in mind that uni is only laying theoretical and practical groundwork. You're still coming out green and needing to learn a lot on the job. 
Maybe look into places like that? The National Wildlife Rehabilitators Assoc has a listing of internships and jobs, https://nwrawildlife.site-ym.com/networking/opening_search.asp


Answer by topazann-1

 I had a browse through all of these a while ago and tried to find the most promising books on each subtopic. The ones that stood out are:

Global Poverty: Barry and Øverland - Responding to Global Poverty: Harm, Responsibility, and Agency

Animal Welfare: Jacy Reese - The End of Animal Farming: How Scientists, Entrepreneurs, and Activists Are Building an Animal-Free Food System

Existential Risk: Toby Ord - The Precipice: Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity

When working with groups I often ask, “what did you do well?” And “what could you do better?” But the “do better” feedback is not very helpful as it feels more like criticism.

However this model of asking for performance feedback and giving advice is much better. It seems that both giver and receiver feel more empowered. The giver, by being able to offer value. And the recipient by getting some actionables to focus on in their development.

I am going to use this. Thank you!


The way that this is a sociopolitical problem is because the virus exposes so many problems that we have today in our society and media. I understand that the media is just trying to inform us, but they are taking it into a whole other level. Many of my family members are extremely worried about it, and this is because they look into unreliable sources. Furthermore, many people believe that the virus has spread to places in which it hasn’t. Secondly, the amount of sheer racism that is being directed towards China is sad. A stereotype in which states that Chinese people follow a certain diet is wrong, and they shouldn’t be judged.

Hi. Did you hear about "Dream" by Panda company?
Dreem has developed a combined hardware/software solution to
It is a wearable headband that is an FDA class II medical device and is equipped with five EEG sensors, one pulse oximeter, and one accelerometer that all work together to measure sleep activity and various stages of sleep. The device also delivers sound vibrations through bone conduction to ease patients to sleep, and a digital app guides patients through a coaching program inspired by cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTI)

The company has raised $60 million from investors so I'm sure you will find confederates