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Recommended introductory resources on effective altruism, including videos, books, podcasts and articles.

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Recommended introductory reading covering key ideas in effective altruism and related topics.

Why this might be humanity's most important century
Holden Karnofsky

Many experts predict advanced AI to emerge this century. That would radically change society – and without careful thought, disastrously so.

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New Ideas
The case that career choice is your key moral decision
80,000 Hours

You'll probably spend half your waking hours on your career. That makes it your most valuable resource for doing good.

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Career Advice
Which charities improve global health the most per dollar?
GiveWell

GiveWell's extensive research provides the gold-standard for the cost-effectiveness of public health interventions.

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Donations
The possibility of an ongoing moral catastrophe
Evan G. Williams

Most past societies had norms that appear catastrophically wrong in retrospect. Are we any different?

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What’s the chance of a great power war this century?
Stephen Clare

Would such a conflict threaten the very existence of human civilization? And what can be done?

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On caring
Nate Soares

Can we really feel or fully fathom the difference between the suffering of a million people versus a billion?

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The Drowning Child and the Expanding Circle
Peter Singer

How far would you go to save a life?

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Donations
Calculate how rich you are and how your wealth could help
Giving What We Can

Enter your country, income, and household dependents, and find out if you are on the global rich list.

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Donations
The wild frontier of animal welfare
Dylan Matthews

Should humans try harder to protect even wild creatures from predators and disease? Should we care whether they live good lives?

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Modelling the human trajectory
David Roodman

We can measure population, resource use, and economic output over human history. How will they look in the future?

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