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Opinion: Estimating Invertebrate Sentience

>In the case of C. elegans, despite being a widely studied animal, evidence of their being conscious is weak and their behavioral reactions are simple and highly stereotyped.

What do you mean by simple? Having nociceptors is a good indicator of pain, right? Surely more than a 1% chance, that just seems like crazy overconfidence.

What if planet and society attained the same personhood that businesses enjoy?

That's true, but barring some huge change in the exact way capitalism works, I doubt it will ever happen.

Where are you donating this year and why – in 2019? Open thread for discussion.

>Leverage: It seems empirically evident to me that meta EA activity is influencing both the amount and the direction of funding at a ratio of at least £10 influenced £1 inputted.

How? Skimming through the page I see no evidence of that, it's literally just a random hypothetical that they throw out.

EA Survey 2018 Series: Donation Data

I know I'm like 1 year late, but do you have the raw data still?

What is the size of the EA community?

I would expect the number of ea-but-dont-know-about-ea people to be pretty high actually. Givewell received $42 million last year from people who gave $1 million or less, if each person gave $5000 (which I think is a generous amount), that's 8400 donors compared to the 3,500 that took the EA survey last year. Of course that could just be cause most people don't like taking surveys, but I would expect that to be countered by a lower average donation amount. In contrast, taking the median estimate of $750 in the last survey, it looks like we have 56,000 self-reported EAs (or at least Givewell EAs), that seems kinds high to me.

Corporate campaigns affect 9 to 120 years of chicken life per dollar spent

Even at worst that's still 4 years of suffering averted per $, insane cost-effectiveness.

What is the effect of relationship status on EA impact?

Hm, my intuition goes the other way. I would assume being in a relationship increases your chances of convincing your gf/wife to donate at least a little, perhaps 10%, to your choice charity. I've never been in a relationship though so who knows.

Needed EA-related Articles on the English Wikipedia

Interestingly the EA wikipedia page gets an average of 9000 pageviews a month. Curious where most of these people first hear about it before googling, maybe Doing Good Better?

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