Wrong by Induction 2018-09-06T22:00:54.360Z
Heuristics from Running Harvard and Oxford EA Groups 2018-04-24T10:03:24.686Z
The Turing Test 2017-09-11T01:20:38.543Z
EA Week at Harvard 2015-03-26T15:55:05.245Z
How much attention does climate change warrant? A Conversation with Climate Scientist and Energy Technology and Public Policy Expert David Keith 2014-12-10T20:38:47.481Z
Interview with Nir Eyal on Population-Level Bioethics and Non-Utilitarian Effective Altruism 2014-12-07T04:32:03.802Z


Comment by Ales_Flidr on Growth and the case against randomista development · 2020-01-27T18:38:24.775Z · EA · GW

Thanks for an excellent summary of the literature, Hauke! This interview we did with Lant in 2017 touches on some of these ideas. We don't go as deep but I think Lant makes some insightful points about the intellectual history of the debate and I found it interesting to hear him think out loud. I recommend skipping to around min 20.

Comment by Ales_Flidr on Wrong by Induction · 2018-09-08T08:43:11.747Z · EA · GW

From Critique of Pure Reason (h/t Daniel Filan, h/t Bryan Caplan) :

Comment by Ales_Flidr on The Righteous Mind book review · 2018-09-07T07:51:10.839Z · EA · GW

This is an excellent review, thanks! Really like (a) the visual metaphors in bullet points and (b) the critical commentary with updates on replication. As someone who's only skimmed the Righteous Mind (didn't feel worth reading after Moral Tribes), I got a really good picture of the core concepts from this review (which I typically don't - it's really hard to efficiently compress the whole book). Thanks a lot :)

Comment by Ales_Flidr on Which piece got you more involved in EA? · 2018-09-07T07:35:11.336Z · EA · GW

Yes, forgot to add GiveWell website, quite important in my early days. Especially their post on flow-through effects relieved some of my concerns that EA mental models may be too narrow.

Comment by Ales_Flidr on Which piece got you more involved in EA? · 2018-09-07T07:32:43.947Z · EA · GW

Yes, I would also particularly recommend the early sections on metaethics. Later parts are also good if you actually want to pass the Ideological Turing Test against long-termism. He spends a lot of time with the person affecting view :)

Comment by Ales_Flidr on Which piece got you more involved in EA? · 2018-09-06T19:38:45.854Z · EA · GW

Primed by Singer's Famine, Affluence and Morality and Jeffrey Sachs + White Man's Burden + Poor economics for an EA approach to development econ. Sequences, Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality and Nick Beckstead's thesis were the most important in making me deeply interested in EA.

Comment by Ales_Flidr on The Turing Test · 2017-09-15T16:55:22.596Z · EA · GW

Thanks :) The idea behind the Ideological Turing Test is (a) to put epistemic rationality into the spotlight (b) to see how good a model the guests have of the debate and how well they considered the other side, which should help you think about how seriously you should take their claims (c) we think it's kind of fun :)

Comment by Ales_Flidr on The Turing Test · 2017-09-15T16:50:45.497Z · EA · GW

Thanks for the suggestion! Sounds like a fun topic, will definitely think of potential guests when we get back to recording.

Comment by Ales_Flidr on EA Week at Harvard · 2015-03-27T20:09:53.777Z · EA · GW

Thanks for the suggestions, Ben! We will look into them at our next org meeting tomorrow.

As for the T-shirts, we found someone who is willing to donate, but obviously the lower the costs, the better. And we are still looking for suggestions from EA about the design, so if anyone has ideas, please let us know!

Comment by Ales_Flidr on EA Week at Harvard · 2015-03-27T20:05:18.306Z · EA · GW

Thank you, Tom! I will let you know in a few days what things look like and whether it is likely that we will need your backup.

Comment by Ales_Flidr on EA Week at Harvard · 2015-03-27T20:04:20.892Z · EA · GW

Right, the main problem is that we finalized the date after most departments and funds finalized their budget, so we only managed to raise ~1k.

Comment by Ales_Flidr on Announcing the Effective Altruism Newsletter · 2015-03-18T12:17:30.351Z · EA · GW

Thanks so much Evan, Harvard EA will greatly appreciate that. I've been planning on doing something like that for our semi-involved members but never got around to actually doing that.

Comment by Ales_Flidr on I am Seth Baum, AMA! · 2015-03-03T21:43:39.741Z · EA · GW

Hey Seth,

Are you coordinating with FLI and FHI to have some division of labor? What would you identify GCRI's main comparative advantage?

Best, Ales

Comment by Ales_Flidr on Generic good advice: do intense exercise often · 2014-12-16T02:45:33.218Z · EA · GW

Thanks Rob, this is very useful. Even though there's a lot of overlaps and a lot of people might have read it, I'd also mention this great summary on LessWrong. Someone might find it helpful in combination with this article.

Comment by Ales_Flidr on Generic good advice: do intense exercise often · 2014-12-16T02:40:50.928Z · EA · GW

I've had great experience combining Beeminder with Fitocracy, which is a very easy way to quantify and gamify exercise. Prior to that, I had trouble comparing eg. run to gym workout. It usually made me resort to only running, which is easy to quantify, even though I knew it was sub-optimal.

Comment by Ales_Flidr on Open Thread 6 · 2014-12-07T15:34:11.856Z · EA · GW

Not necessarily, but it's a risk management issue, so it seems like a good fit. Could be equally useful for other EA causes, though. I'll look at it after I'm done with my finals in a week or so.

Comment by Ales_Flidr on Open Thread 6 · 2014-12-07T04:05:56.620Z · EA · GW

Just stumbled upon this in Baron's Thinking and Deciding:

"For example, Breyer (1993) argues that the removal of asbestos from school buildings might, if it were done throughout the United States, would cost about $100,000,000,000 and save about 400 lives over a period of 40 years. This comes to $250,000,000 per life saved. (And it might not save any lives at all in total, because it endangers the workers who do the removal.)" - BARON, J. Thinking and Deciding, p.502. New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Does anyone know more about the actual implementation/figures? If it was anywhere close to truth, it could serve as PlayPumps-style example of ridiculously ineffective altruism for x-risk.

Comment by Ales_Flidr on Should we launch a podcast about high-impact projects and people? · 2014-12-04T21:08:25.448Z · EA · GW

I think this is a great idea! I myself am a huge fan of podcasts, as I have relatively large amounts of ear time. My impression is that it might be true for a lot of EAs and, more importantly, the non-EA target audience.

I was considering a podcast as a potential project for Harvard EA, but haven't found anyone suitable and don't think I would be a good fit.

As for GiveWell's conversations page, I wouldn't think of it as a substitute. The interviews are great, but I rarely find time to read them.

I second EconTalk as a good model. I would also recommend In Our Time (slightly different, multiple guests, but worth checking out). I also think the two rationalist podcasts - Rationally Speaking and Lukeprog's "Conversations from the Pale Blue Dot" do a pretty good job and might be closer to a realistically attainable level in the short term.

Good luck!

Comment by Ales_Flidr on Open Thread 6 · 2014-12-01T22:29:32.798Z · EA · GW

Technical question: can Harvard EA cross-post articles from our website? We mostly do interviews with people in academia, examples here:

Comment by Ales_Flidr on The Harvard Research Center in Creative Altruism · 2014-10-22T01:13:45.773Z · EA · GW

Hi Geuss, thanks for sharing this, we (Harvard EA) will try to find out more about it.

Comment by Ales_Flidr on Effective Altruism is a Question (not an ideology) · 2014-10-19T21:56:35.132Z · EA · GW

"Do-bester" might have the inverse problem.

Comment by Ales_Flidr on One month in - it's time for more introductions · 2014-10-13T19:50:48.779Z · EA · GW

Thanks! We've been quite successful/lucky getting speakers. We're going to have another talk by Elie tonight. Later in the semester, we'll have George Church and Steven Pinker.

As for FLI, the main thing now is x-risk publicity (ie articles, editing wikipedia to replace sci-fi with science, etc.), project prioritization, conferences and panel discussions for academics and people working in AI. All of those are going really well, much faster than expected.

Comment by Ales_Flidr on One month in - it's time for more introductions · 2014-10-13T19:46:26.649Z · EA · GW

Sorry for the double-post, figured it would be better to sign up with my real name

Hi, I'm Ales, a second-year student at Harvard College and a prospective economics major interested in too many things.

I'm currently one of the co-presidents of Harvard College Effective Altruism [1], in which position I succeeded Ben Kuhn. We are currently working on making HCEA an established organization and it seems like we're getting near the critical mass of dedicated people to work on some really great projects. We're also helping to found a group at MIT and Tufts, and our organizers volunteer for the Future of Life Institute.