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


Listen to podcasts covering effective altruism and related ideas.

Effective Altruism: An Introduction

The 80,000 Hours Team

A collection of ten top episodes of the 80,000 Hours Podcast, specifically selected to help listeners get up to speed on effective altruism as quickly as possible.

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Cold Takes

Holden Karnofsky

Holden Karnofsky believes that we are likely living in humanity’s most important century, a theory sometimes called the “hinge of history” hypothesis. In this audio version of his blog, Cold Takes, Holden explores this and other concepts.

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Hear This Idea

Fin Moorhouse and Luca Righetti

Hear This Idea is a podcast about ideas that matter — showcasing new thinking in philosophy, the social sciences, and effective altruism.

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Future Perfect


Future Perfect explores provocative ideas with the potential to radically improve the world. Hosts Dylan Matthews and Sigal Samuel tackle big questions about the most effective ways to save lives, fight global warming, and end world poverty to create a more perfect future.

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Clearer Thinking

Spencer Greenberg

Exploring useful ideas related to psychology, society, behavior change, philosophy, science, artificial intelligence, math, economics, self-help, mental health, and technology.

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Rationally Speaking

New York City Skeptics

Join host Julia Galef and guests as they explore the borderlands between reason and nonsense, likely from unlikely, and science from pseudoscience.

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Future of Life Institute

Future of Life Institute

The Future of Life Institute (FLI) is a nonprofit working to reduce global catastrophic and existential risk from powerful technologies. Their namesake podcast series features Lucas Perry in conversation with prominent researchers, policy experts, philosophers, and other influential thinkers of all kinds.

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Replacing Guilt

Nate Soares

This is the official audio version of Replacing Guilt, a book in which Nate Soares (the director of Machine Intelligence Research Institute) articulates a framework for seeing the world as it is and taking effective action — without putting half your work into beating yourself up.

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