"for a community that purports to put stock in rationality and self-improvement, effective altruists have shown surprisingly little interest in self-modification to have more altruistic intentions. This seems obviously worthy of further work." I would love to see more work done on this. However, I understand "wanting to have more altruistic intentions" as part of a broader class of "wanting to act according to my ultimate/rational/long-term desires rather than my immediate desires", and this doesn't seem niche enough for membe...
The term "EA" is undoubtedly based on a form of total utilitarianism. Whatever the term means today, and whatever Wikipedia says (which, incidentally, weeatquince helped to write, though I can't remember if he wrote the part he is referring to), the motivation behind the creation of the term was the need for a much more palatable and slightly broader term for total utilitarianism.
I'd probably go, especially if people I know are going (went to my first LW meetup in London recently and couldn't shake the feeling that no one wanted to talk to me...)
I might go to the Fringe on Sunday 18th Aug and I'm busy Friday 23rd August, but otherwise free!
I think that the question that this article is trying to answer should have been made clearer, because there are very different answers to the questions:
What impact has CEA produced so far?
What impact has CEA produced per dollar invested so far?
What impact has CEA produced per dollar invested, assuming each volunteer hour costs an average of $x, so far?
What impact would CEA produce if I gave them $1000?
What impact would CEA produce if I gave them £1m?
I think that the most useful question to answer is probably #4 or #5, but many of the criticis...
On the other hand, the vast majority of peopl... (read more)