Anki deck for "Some key numbers that (almost) every EA should know"

post by Pablo (Pablo_Stafforini), jablevine · 2021-06-29T22:13:09.233Z · EA · GW · 21 comments

Here is the promised Anki deck for "Some key numbers that (almost) every EA should know [EA · GW]".

Due to time constraints, we were not able to include all of the numbers suggested in the original thread. These may be added in a future version. Please go to the deck's GitHub repository for details on how to be notified when new versions are released.

Please report problems, or leave suggestions, below.

(Note: If you don't use Anki, you can access the deck's contents here.)


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comment by Linch · 2021-06-29T22:56:10.509Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Thanks for turning this into a reality!

Minor note:

FrontWhat is the current population of China?
Back1.44 billion (2021).

I recommend changing front from "current" to 2021, so that the flashcard would be useful for >6 months.

Replies from: Pablo_Stafforini
comment by Pablo (Pablo_Stafforini) · 2021-07-15T23:53:51.666Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Done. This will be reflected when I release the next version, probably in a few weeks.

comment by Owen_Cotton-Barratt · 2021-06-29T23:29:07.683Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Neat! Is there any easy way to read the content without using the Anki software?

Replies from: PeterMcIntyre, Pablo_Stafforini, Linch
comment by PeterMcIntyre · 2021-06-30T11:55:51.102Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

I imported them into RemNote where you can read all the cards. You can also quiz yourself on the questions using the queue functionality at the top.  Or here's a Google Doc.

If someone was interested in adding more facts to the deck, there are a bunch in these notes from The Precipice. (It's fairly easy to export from RemNote to Anki and vice versa, though formatting is sometimes a little broken.)

Replies from: Pablo_Stafforini
comment by Pablo (Pablo_Stafforini) · 2021-06-30T12:33:50.882Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Thanks, I'll try to add these shorty.

comment by Pablo (Pablo_Stafforini) · 2021-06-30T12:27:42.332Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Yes, you can read the contents here. This is the org mode file I use to generate the Anki deck (with the Anki editor package), so it will always reflect the most recent version.

(I've edited the original post to add this information.)

comment by Linch · 2021-06-30T00:05:25.615Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

I'm also interested in this!

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comment by Jsevillamol · 2021-06-30T07:23:30.443Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

I couldn't find an easy way
Here there is a spreadsheet with the questions (the formatting is messed up though)

One can also download the Anki file and load it up in 

comment by JP Addison (jpaddison) · 2021-06-30T08:39:16.075Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Thanks Pablo and Joseph!

If you're a person who wants to learn this material, but doesn't have an Anki habit, I'd recommend taking this as an opportunity to try things [? · GW], and give it a go. Turn remembering things into a deliberate choice.

You can get started here.

Replies from: Pablo_Stafforini
comment by Pablo (Pablo_Stafforini) · 2021-06-30T12:56:05.021Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

I second JP's recommendation. A couple of additional good resources are Michael Nielsen's augmenting long-term memory and Gwern's spaced repetition for efficient learning.

comment by MaxRa · 2021-06-30T21:37:20.694Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

In case suggestions for new cards are still useful, just saw another useful number:

Q: What percentage of people across Europe think the world is getting better? [2015] A: +/- 5% Source:

comment by Pablo (Pablo_Stafforini) · 2021-08-04T16:07:11.338Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Spencer Greenberg informs me that he has published the deck on Thought Saver, a spaced-repetition app he developed. You can find the deck here (requires registration).

comment by JP Addison (jpaddison) · 2021-07-18T07:44:54.301Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

How many chicken years are affected per dollar spent on broiler and cage-free campaigns.

I estimate how many chickens will be affected by corporate cage-free and broiler welfare commitments won by all charities, in all countries, during all the years between 2005 and the end of 2018. According to my estimate, for every dollar spent, 9 to 120 years of chicken life will be affected.

My impression is that cage free campaigns have been very successful and there's much less low-hanging fruit, such that I don't think it's reasonable to extrapolate those results to an ongoing basis.

Replies from: Pablo_Stafforini
comment by Pablo (Pablo_Stafforini) · 2021-07-18T12:37:23.843Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

I agree that's one way in which the estimate may be misleading. The author lists this and other ways in a dedicated section. I revised the note to add a link to that section.

comment by Morpheus · 2021-07-20T21:58:19.790Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Thank you! The most surprising (though maybe not most impactful) cards for me so far were the once on neurons:
Sure. Mammals make up the minority of neurons, but HOW ON EARTH are 90 Percent of those from humans? 

Also, 30% from fish? I would have expected fish to be negligible.

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comment by Morpheus · 2021-07-20T22:25:00.274Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

My new Favorite: What share of total computation did pocket calculators account for in 1986?


comment by Pablo (Pablo_Stafforini) · 2021-07-20T23:02:02.039Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

The content of those cards also represented the biggest update for me. I wouldn't have guessed that the truth was roughly "two third of neurons are invertebrate neurons, one third of neurons are fish neurons".

comment by Mathieu Putz · 2021-07-07T18:07:29.751Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

I cannot express how much I love this!!! Thanks so much!

comment by Peterslattery · 2021-07-02T01:07:25.668Z · EA(p) · GW(p)


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comment by markus_over · 2021-07-04T13:16:49.855Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

+1 to that! Really cool, thanks for doing this. :)

comment by henrycooksley · 2021-07-07T19:39:09.828Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

I'm going to make a Quizlet version too. Watch this space.