Open Thread: June 2021

post by Aaron Gertler (aarongertler) · 2021-06-03T00:43:21.010Z · EA · GW · 4 comments

If you're new to the EA Forum, consider using this thread to introduce yourself! 

You could talk about how you found effective altruism, what causes you work on and care about, or personal details that aren't EA-related at all. 

(You can also put this info into your Forum bio [EA · GW].)

If you have something to share that doesn't feel like a full post, add it here! 

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Open threads are also a place to share good news, big or small. See this post [EA · GW] for ideas.


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comment by huffmancaleb12 · 2021-06-04T16:06:09.513Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Hello! I’ve been around EA since 2019! I was trying to choose a thesis topic and stumbled across Effective Thesis, which led to 80,000 hours, which led to hanging out a little with the Beijing chapter… you get the picture. Things have escalated since then (in a good way, ha!) and now I’m making a formal account here. 

I just started as the Research Coordinator at EA for Christians, where I support community building and research around the intersection of Christian theology and EA. I’ll be starting my Master of Divinity in NYC this September. (MDiv’s are typical degrees for priests/pastors, seminary professors, etc.) If you are interested in EA and theology/religion/spirituality, happy to talk!

But I do other stuff besides religion. I was a Yenching Scholar at Peking University and focused on Law & Society, writing my master’s thesis on international data law. I’m focused on institutional decision-making, great power conflict, US-China relations, theology, and research. Yet, I’m eclectic. So, interested in almost everything. 

Looking forward to engaging in discussions!

Replies from: BrianTan, aarongertler
comment by BrianTan · 2021-06-05T05:23:58.587Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Welcome Caleb!

comment by Aaron Gertler (aarongertler) · 2021-06-14T03:12:37.598Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Welcome, Caleb! I'm always excited to see people with unusual specialties on the Forum; every bit of expertise matters.

comment by jontwigge · 2021-06-11T15:31:13.129Z · EA(p) · GW(p)


having been passionate about the bigger picture for many years I discovered EA maybe five years ago.  I attended a handful of events in Manchester and I was curious why something like Positive Psychology etc was not a core part of EA.  After all, many of humanities problems are caused by humanity and can only be solved by humanity.  

Six months ago I started work creating what I hope will be a global platform, there is a brief intro at, to help people understand themselves and others better, learn and grow using that understanding and connect with other people more effectively - whether it be people round the corner to create a craft group because they are lonely or to connect with other would be global solution architects and supporters from around the globe that they have synergy with :-)

Hopefully the system help a few people be better in ways that give humanity a bit more chance of navigating the next few decades more successfully, or at the least be a bit less miserable as we head toward self destruction :-)