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Beyond Top Charities

August 28, 2018

In this talk from EA Global 2018: San Francisco, Dr. Neil Buddy Shah makes three arguments about effective altruism: that effective altruists should continue to be rigorous, that we should consider riskier charities than we do, and that we should tailor our interventions at least somewhat to the moral preferences of their beneficiaries. A transcript of Buddy's talk is below, including a Q&A with the audience. We have lightly edited this transcript for readability.

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Nick Beckstead Fireside Chat (2018)

August 24, 2018

In this fireside chat from EA Global 2018: San Francisco, Rob Wiblin asks Nick Beckstead questions about the long-term future, epistemic humility, and which careers effective altruists may not be exploring enough. A transcript of their chat is below, which we have lightly edited for readability.

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Psychology of Effective Altruism

August 21, 2018

In this talk from EA Global 2018: San Francisco, Dr. Stefan Schubert discusses the psychology of charitable giving. He covers both general models for thinking about why people might choose to give ineffectively, recent research on the topic and what we may be able to do about it. A transcript of Stefan's talk is below, which we have lightly edited for readability.

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Universal Basic Income Research

August 17, 2018

In this discussion from EA Global 2018: San Francisco, Sam Carter and Joe Huston discuss universal basic income: what we know about it, what we'd like to know about it, and what research we're working on to bridge the gap. A transcript of their talks, including their answers to audience questions, is below. We have lightly edited it for readability.

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Holden Karnofsky Fireside Chat (2018)

August 13, 2018

In this fireside chat from EA Global 2018: San Francisco, Will MacAskill asks Holden Karnofsky of the Open Philanthropy Project about a wide range of topics. The conversation covers Open Phil's strategy and current focuses, cause prioritization, Holden's work habits and schedule, and early wins from Open Phil's first couple years of grantmaking. A transcript of their discussion is below, which we have lightly edited for readability.

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Assessing Global Catastrophic Biological Risks

August 9, 2018

In this talk from EA Global 2018: San Francisco, Dr. Crystal Watson shares foundational thinking about Global Catastrophic Biological Risks, how the Center for Health Security at Johns Hopkins is working to better understand and reduce them, and how effective altruists may be able to get involved. This is a transcript of Crystal's talk, and her answers to questions from the audience, which we have lightly edited for readability.

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Crucial Considerations in Wild Animal Suffering

August 7, 2018

In this talk from EA Global 2018: San Francisco, Persis Eskander explores the most important questions in wild animal suffering, how to approach them, and how different answers might motivate our priorities. This is a transcript of Persis's talk, and her answers to questions from the audience, which we have lightly edited for readability.

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EA Newsletter August 7, 2018

Effective Altruism Newsletter

August 7, 2018

  • Almost 50% of tickets have already been sold for EA Global: London, which takes place on 26-28 October 2018.
  • CEA have announced their initial plans for the new EA Forum, which include sorting by quality of posts, a community subforum, and a new karma system, alongside much else.
  • Several EA-aligned organizations are hiring, including BERI, FHI, and GiveWell.

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How can effective altruism stay curious?

July 31, 2018

In this 2018 talk, Will MacAskill invites the participants of EA Global San Francisco to stay curious, and explores the tension between more goal-focused and more exploratory communities. This is a transcript of Will's talk, which we have lightly edited for readability.

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EA Newsletter July 11, 2018

Effective Altruism Newsletter

July 11, 2018

  • The Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA) is hiring for a variety of roles.
  • Peter Hurford and Marcus A. Davis have created Priority Wiki, a cause prioritization wiki anyone can edit which categorizes particular interventions within broader causes.
  • Applications are now open for Effective Altruism Global: London, which takes place on 26-28 October.

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