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William_MacAskill · 2011-11-25T05:00:04.000Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · comments (2)
I looked up CRPS and kidney stones, and it looks like both of them have relatively mild symptoms in most cases. Are you sure that this isn’t a case of conflating the pain of the most extreme cases and the prevalence of all cases?
You’re right about the 8% figure for chronic severe pain, though.allamericanbreakfast on Get-Out-Of-Hell-Free Necklace
I wonder if we sufficiently understand the psychological dynamics of chronic or extreme pain. The existence of the bullet ant glove ritual makes me wonder to what extent the cultural context of pain influences our remembered perception of its quality, intensity, and meaning.
It seems helpful to distinguish between meaningless, “I would’t wish this on my worst enemy” pain, which probably accounts for the vast majority of extreme pains, “a little pain is necessary to toughen you up” pain, and “this is a sacred extreme-pain ritual.”saulius on Corporate campaigns affect 9 to 120 years of chicken life per dollar spent
Glad you liked it :) I added a sentence about indirect effects in the first paragraph. I see your point about the title but I chose to leave it as it is because:
Why not just use Glassdoor?haukehillebrandt on There are *a bajillion* jobs working on plant-based foods right now
This post got me wondering whether there should be Glassdoor for EA.linch on There are *a bajillion* jobs working on plant-based foods right now
I was asked to comment here. As you know, I did a data science internship at Impossible Foods in late 2016. I'm mostly jotting down my own experiences, along with some anonymized information from talking to others.
NB: "Tech" below refers to jobs that are considered mainstream tech in Silicon Valley (software, data science, analytics, etc), while "science" refers to the food science/biochemistry/chemistry work that is Impossible's core product.
On balance, I don't think I'm informed enough to judge whether working at Impossible is better than a typical reader's alternatives. My gut instinct is that if you have other altruistic options that can make full use of your skillsets (clean meat seems especially exciting), then it's more impactful to do more early-stage work than being at Impossible, but I'm very uncertain about this opinion and it's confounded by a lot of details on the ground.
Additional Note 2019/7/20: Rereading this, I think people are usually biased against applying, and I think it's still worthwhile for people who consider farmed animal welfare their top (or close to top) cause area to apply to Impossible.
I'm a big fan of this report and will probably recommend it to interested people as the best of the cost-effectiveness models I have seen on corporate welfare commitments.
I'm very glad for the"Ways this estimate could be misleading" section. I think its very important to make these wider considerations clear; they have not been so clear in previous cost-effectiveness estimates. I also like that you make it clear how you think that these considerations weigh up with the pluses and minuses system.
It's great that this information on various uncertainties is included and yet you are still able to provide a useable estimate of cost-effectiveness (that excludes these indirect effects). I would probably lean towards making this result less prominent in the write-up, e.g. not including it in the title. I do think that, despite your clarity on the uncertainties, it is easy for readers to pick up and focus on the final estimate and then disregard the rest of the post.
What does it mean to be "pro-science"? In other words, what might a potential welfarist, maximizing, impartial, and non-normative movement that doesn't meet this criterion look like?
I ask because I don't have a clear picture of a definition that would be both informative and uncontroversial. For instance, the mainstream scientific community was largely dismissive of SIAI/MIRI for many years; would "proto-EAs" who supported them at that time be considered pro-science? I assume that excluding MIRI does indeed count as controversial, but then I don't have a clear picture of what activities/causes being "pro-science" would exclude.denkenberger on How many people would be killed as a direct result of a US-Russia nuclear exchange?
I looked into a dozen or so interventions for preventing firestorm given nuclear war. I estimated that some of them could be cost effective only looking at saving lives of US citizens. However, I abandoned the project once I realized that some of the ideas were around in the Cold War, and they were still not implemented, so it was very unlikely we would implement them now.
If one side believes they are being attacked and launches weapons, there would not be a period of tension before the attack. Even if there is a period of tension like the Cuban missile crisis, I don’t believe that caused people to evacuate cities, though of course the attack could not have occurred as quickly as it could now.
I’m not sure if your proposed diet has the required essential oils. These tend to go rancid, though they might still be safe to eat.milan_griffes on Debrief: "cash prizes for the best arguments against psychedelics"
(b), perhaps with a dash of (a) too