Recommended introductory resources on effective altruism, including videos, books, podcasts and articles.
Can we really feel or fully fathom the difference between the suffering of a million people versus a billion?
It is wrong to think that these three statements contradict each other. We need to see that they are all true to see that a better world is possible.
Here are four ideas that you probably already agree with. Three are about your values, and one is an observation about the world. Individually, they each might seem a bit trite or self-evident. But taken together, they have significant implications for how we think about doing good in the world.
How effective altruism can improve the world is a bit like looking for gold. This article covers a series of key concepts in effective altruism, such as heavy-tailed distributions, diminishing marginal returns, and comparative advantage.
From a historical perspective, we are living at a very remarkable moment in time: growth has been accelerating; it's near its historical high point; and it's faster than it can be for all that much longer. What does that mean for the future?
Humanity had entered a new age, in which we faced not only existential risks from our natural environment, but also the possibility that we might be able to extinguish ourselves.
This essay explores the moral relevance of cost-effectiveness, a major tool for capturing the relationship between resources and outcomes, by illustrating what is lost when cost-effectiveness is ignored.
The question, “Who deserves empathy and moral concern?” is a critical question to consider. Unfortunately, history has too many cases where entire populations were dismissed, mistreated and deprived of basic rights based on "conventional wisdom" which today looks indefensible.
As biology gets better, biosecurity gets harder. Here’s what the world can do to prepare.
Stephen Hawking has said, “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.” Elon Musk claims that AI is humanity’s “biggest existential threat.” If that has you asking: "Wait, what?", then read on.