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Key Ideas

This series of talks and articles covers the core ideas of effective altruism. We think it's a great place to start if you're interested in learning more.

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How should we work out how to do good?

The Long-Term Future

Effective altruism often emphasizes the long-term impact of different interventions. These articles explain why.

Artificial Intelligence Safety

It appears that artificial intelligence will have a significant impact on the future. These articles discuss why, and what this means for doing good.

Other Causes

However, there are many other promising areas to work on, and it is difficult to work out which is most promising. These articles discuss why we might, and might not, want to work on other areas.

Animal Welfare

Why you might, and might not, want to work on improving animal welfare.

Other Research

In recent years, the effective altruism community has created a lot of good content. Unfortunately, some of that content can be hard to find. We have therefore put together a series of the best research from recent years, including ideas that are less widely accepted than the ideas above. We designed this section for people who are already familiar with some of the core content, and want to understand the ideas in more depth.

How Much Evidence Is Enough?

Argues that we should pursue interventions which have not been conclusively proved, but that we should go on collecting evidence beyond that point.


Doing Good Better is a short podcast series which introduces effective altruism. It is centred around three questions: Why? How? and What?

In the 80,000 Hours Podcast, Rob Wiblin interviews experts from a range of fields about how best to tackle the world's most pressing problems.



80,000 Hours 

Find a fulfilling career that does good

Benjamin Todd

Doing Good Better 

Effective altruism and how you can make a difference

William MacAskill

The Most Good You Can Do 

How effective altruism is changing ideas about living ethically

Peter Singer

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