Notes on effective-altruism-related research, writing, testing fit, learning, and the EA Forum

by MichaelA5 min read28th Mar 2021No comments

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Cross-posted from the EA Forum. I'm not sure how many people on LessWrong will find this useful, but I imagine some will.

I've had calls with >30 people who are interested in things like testing their fit for EA-aligned research careers, writing on the EA Forum, "getting up to speed" on areas of effective altruism, etc. (This is usually during EA conferences.) 

I gradually collected a set of links and notes that I felt that many such people would benefit from seeing, then turned that into a Google Doc. Many people told me they found that doc useful, so I'm now (a) sharing it as a public post, and (b) still entertaining the hypothesis that those people were all just vicious liars and sycophants, of course. 

Disclaimers

  • Not all of these links/notes will be relevant to any given person
  • These links/notes are most relevant to people interested in (1) research roles, (2) roles at explicitly EA organisations, and/or (3) longtermism
    • But this just because that’s what I know best
      • There are of course many important roles that aren’t about research or aren’t at EA orgs!
      • And I'm happy with many EAs prioritising cause areas other than longtermism
    • But, in any case, some of the links/notes will also be relevant to other people and pathways
  • This doc mentions some orgs I work for or have worked for previously, but the opinions expressed here are my own, and I wrote the post (and the doc it evolved from) in a personal capacity

Regarding writing, the Forum, etc.

Research ideas

Programs, approaches, or tips for testing fit for (longtermism-related) research

Not all of these things are necessarily "open" right now. 

Here are things I would describe as Research Training Programs (in alphabetical order to avoid picking favourites):

Note: I know less about what the opportunities at the Center for Reducing Suffering and the Nonlinear Fund would be like than I know about what the other opportunities would be like, so I'm not necessarily able to personally endorse those two opportunities. 

Here are some other things:

Getting “up to speed” on EA, longtermism, x-risks, etc.

Other

I'd welcome comments suggesting other relevant links, or just sharing people's own thoughts on any of the topics addressed above!

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