Activism to Make Kidney Sales Legal

2019-04-09T18:11:02.250Z · score: 9 (11 votes)
Comment by captainjc on Activism to Make Kidney Sales Legal · 2019-04-09T18:05:32.385Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Excellent criticisms thanks. I do, occasionally, have ideas like this that seem worth posting, but that I am unlikely to ever get around to if I wait until I have time to give them the full research treatment. I suppose it would make sense to note that in the original post.

It also occurs to me that, while the idea that organ sales should be legal seems like a pretty mainstream view in EA circles, there are likely some members of the forum that disagree with that. Perhaps that could be someone's reason for downvoting.

Comment by captainjc on Activism to Make Kidney Sales Legal · 2019-04-09T17:57:31.910Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

Yes that makes sense for sure. Thanks for the feedback.

Comment by captainjc on Activism to Make Kidney Sales Legal · 2019-04-08T14:40:43.434Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · EA · GW

Would the people who down-voted this be willing to give a brief note about why?

Comment by captainjc on Activism to Make Kidney Sales Legal · 2019-04-07T14:36:12.292Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Or maybe a better idea. A "black market non-profit" that vets donors and purchases kidneys in order to start donation chains with them (rather than benefit a specific person). As long as it operates, it saves a lot of lives. If it gets into legal trouble, it's a pretty good story to get press coverage, and to help shift public opinion.

Comment by captainjc on Activism to Make Kidney Sales Legal · 2019-04-07T12:55:59.793Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

You mean because it was $1 or because it's not usually enforced? The $1 part doesn't seem essential. Could make it $100k.

Comment by captainjc on I'll Fund You to Give Away 'Doing Good Better' - Surprisingly Effective? · 2019-03-26T15:47:41.530Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Yes, I had considered doing another post, but I guess I was thinking probably not. It would certainly be diminishing returns, yeah. I, and I'm sure many others, wouldn't want to start seeming spammy about it. Maybe after a couple of years.

Comment by captainjc on I'll Fund You to Give Away 'Doing Good Better' - Surprisingly Effective? · 2019-03-26T15:44:07.791Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

@Davidmanheim I am not sure if they are still doing it, but I know they were doing a survey. It is linked to in the Google Doc of their summary that I linked to above.

Comment by captainjc on I'll Fund You to Give Away 'Doing Good Better' - Surprisingly Effective? · 2019-03-26T15:41:16.464Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Thanks David! Great suggestions. I am just back from a trip, but I will dig in more deeply this week and make some revisions and reply to you in more depth - either here or via email. Thanks again!

Comment by captainjc on I'll Fund You to Give Away 'Doing Good Better' - Surprisingly Effective? · 2019-03-21T20:02:11.509Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Good idea. I will definitely do that.

Comment by captainjc on I'll Fund You to Give Away 'Doing Good Better' - Surprisingly Effective? · 2019-03-21T15:15:17.571Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

I see what you're saying, but I (intentionally) didn't ask about future plans so I'm not sure if that part works. While I definitely don't want it to be high pressure, I do want to somehow emphasize the importance of tracking future actions. I wonder if this strikes a balance.

Thank you for taking the time to share what you have done. In order to help us understand the longer-term impact of the book, would you mind if we followed up with another short survey a year from now? If that's alright, please enter your email address below - it will not be shared with anyone, or used for any other purpose.

I really appreciate you taking the time to back-and-forth with me about this!

Comment by captainjc on I'll Fund You to Give Away 'Doing Good Better' - Surprisingly Effective? · 2019-03-20T14:03:24.981Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · EA · GW

Thanks Aaron. Glad to hear you might try it.

Good point about that survey question. I was really trying to get across the importance of tracking future actions, but I agree that it could come across off-putting. What do you think of this?

Thank you for taking the time to tell us about what you've done. We'd love to hear about what you may still do as well. If you think you might make future donations or changes in line with the principles of Effective Altruism, can we send you a single, short follow-up survey a year from now? If so, please enter your email address below - it will not be shared with anyone, or used for any other purpose.

I'll Fund You to Give Away 'Doing Good Better' - Surprisingly Effective?

2019-03-19T18:21:04.086Z · score: 32 (16 votes)
Comment by captainjc on EA/X-risk/AI Alignment Coverage in Journalism · 2019-03-11T14:30:54.458Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

It seems like there are 3 possible outcomes.

1) AI risk is associated with and covered primarily by one side of the political spectrum.

2) AI risk is associated with and covered by both sides more or less evenly.

3) AI risk is associated with and covered in a neutral way.

Intuitively, 3 seems like the best-case scenario, but that horse may already have left the barn (as it seems like it does with most causes).

1 probably seems bad - though I believe Rob did point out that if it becomes a part of one party's platform, then maybe it's easier to implement policy when that party is in power. Obviously, that's a bit of a gamble.

2 seems like the best remaining option then, but obviously with some risks - perhaps along the lines of what you are hinting at. I don't see why there would need to be a right wing cause to associate it with though. I mean, if both sides are covering it, the coverage could turn into a back and forth, pro/con on the most controversial aspects of it (a less collegial version of the discussion you linked to), which also seems not that great. Perhaps having both sides be philanthropy-funded and not dependent on generating controversy for advertising/clicks could help with that.

EA/X-risk/AI Alignment Coverage in Journalism

2019-03-09T21:17:28.479Z · score: 9 (5 votes)
Comment by captainjc on Bounty: Guide To Switching From Farmed Fish To Wild-Caught Fish · 2019-02-22T18:32:34.908Z · score: 15 (6 votes) · EA · GW

Enthusiastic +1 here. I'd also be willing to contribute to the bounty if there were an easy way to do that.

Comment by captainjc on Are there more papers on dung beetles than human extinction? · 2019-02-05T12:28:47.426Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

What I am wondering is, of dung beetles are a particularly hot research topic among animals/insects. They are pretty cool, but would this graph look less extreme with something like antelope or sea urchin in there - or the average number of research papers on a particular animal.

Though I guess X-Risk is more or less an entire field, so maybe the more apt comparison is with papers about animals or biology papers - in which case I'm sure it looks much worse

Comment by captainjc on Vox's "Future Perfect" column frequently has flawed journalism · 2019-01-30T04:37:55.683Z · score: 5 (4 votes) · EA · GW

Great discussion here. I'm trying to imagine how most people consume these articles. Linked from the Vox home page? Shared on Facebook or Twitter? Do they realize they aren't just a standard Vox article? Some probably barely know what Vox is. Certainly, we are all aware of the connection to EA, but I bet most readers are pretty oblivious.

In that case, maybe these tangentially related or unrelated articles don't matter too much. Conversely, the better articles may spark an interest that leads a few people towards finding out more about EA and becoming involved.

Comment by captainjc on Vox's "Future Perfect" column frequently has flawed journalism · 2019-01-26T13:35:12.514Z · score: 17 (8 votes) · EA · GW

I agree generally with your criticisms. It's not particularly surprising given the frequency with which they publish and the variation in quality if Vox's reporting in general.

I would say your advice to read and check the overall soundness of the message before sharing could probably be broadly applied - and strikes me as a bit self-evident. Do you feel like these poor quality FP articles are getting shared widely? Do you have reason to believe it is being done without the sharer reading them?

Comment by captainjc on An integrated model to evaluate the impact of animal products · 2019-01-10T20:49:12.990Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · EA · GW

This also makes me think of whey, which is a byproduct of making cheese. Because of that, it could be a very low impact, high protein food. Ricotta cheese is made from whey (traditionally leftover from Mozzarella). Then of course there are whey protein powders and energy bars and the like - if that's your thing. I guess they used to pump it into rivers and streams, but since they cracked down on that, they started using it as filler in ice cream, adding it to baked goods, etc. Apparently in Switzerland they use it for carbonated soft-drinks and in Iceland they sell it in bottles. (All of this comes from Wikipedia).

Comment by captainjc on An integrated model to evaluate the impact of animal products · 2019-01-10T19:40:54.358Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

I'd be interested to know if anyone has done an analysis like this that includes lamb or wild caught fish. The latter in particular seems like it could vary widely by species - IE killing wild fish would theoretically allow some of it's prey to live longer - though I'm sure there are many, many more factors to consider.

Comment by captainjc on If You’re Young, Don’t Give To Charity · 2018-12-24T20:49:07.741Z · score: 6 (5 votes) · EA · GW

It's worth reading the comments of that original post if you haven't already. I think some of what the author suggests is pretty standard 80k hours/GWWC advice - invest in your human capital, donate small amounts to keep the habit, while you are poor/earning little (maybe it wasn't at the time that was written though).

One thing he doesn't really touch on is the time value of money - it's worth more now than it is later - both to you and to the charity you choose to donate too. You may not be rich in 40 years if you donate your spare money now, but the effects of that money could be just as great or greater spread out over the recipients. Right now, according to Givewell, Malaria Consortium saves the equivalent of a life for around $2500. That is likely to go up and may be vastly more in 40 years.

I think most people agree though that you shouldn't donate more than you can afford. If you put yourself at financial risk, or live in a way that constrains your job prospects or results in burnout, you're hurting both yourself and the causes you support.

Comment by captainjc on What movements does EA have the strongest synergies with? · 2018-12-22T15:55:44.559Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

Most of the things that come to mind are not strictly movements (I guess I wouldn't really describe poker players that way either), so I'm not sure if this is helpful, but there are the obvious connections between EA and mathematics, philosophy, computer science, to a lesser degree the rest of academia and science, as well as finance.

Comment by captainjc on What movements does EA have the strongest synergies with? · 2018-12-22T13:51:55.998Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Sports in general has a great amount of potential. I only really follow baseball, but I hear a lot about how this player supports this charity and work in the community and I believe teams actively encourage their players to do so. The challenge of course being that athletes as a group are not known as the most rational of people.

Comment by captainjc on What movements does EA have the strongest synergies with? · 2018-12-22T13:49:14.912Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Moved this to comments. Sorry I was on my phone and didn't realize I was answering instead of commenting. I tried the "retract comment" feature, but it didn't seem to do anything.

Comment by captainjc on What movements does EA have the strongest synergies with? · 2018-12-22T13:40:02.022Z · score: 4 (3 votes) · EA · GW

Anecdotally, I feel like I've read a fair amount about poker players and effective altruism - I remember one donation matching offer. Others may know more about this than I do. I imagine it could have appeal because they are familiar with concepts like expective benefits, etc.