Comment by Yellow (Daryl) (Daryl D'Souza) on “One should love one’s neighbor more than oneself.” · 2022-06-13T02:21:13.663Z · EA · GW

I think the majority of people who interact here aren't strictly just existing to be of service people!

Well I can best speak for myself, I mainly enjoy EA to the extent that I have some % of me or some desire to do some good. I enjoy that EA helps me do good better(even in maybe only certain areas ex. animals).

Your free to choose for yourself to help others if that's what you(or a % of your multiple desires) wants to do! If there is some desire to help others, let's figure out how to help them more effectively!

Comment by Yellow (Daryl) (Daryl D'Souza) on You Don't Need To Justify Everything · 2022-06-13T02:10:26.895Z · EA · GW

Thanks for posting! I especially like the part you mentioned on how it's possible to slip into a mindset of justification/motivated reasoning of past actions as being cost effective for happiness for productivity! Daniel Kirmani made a comment here more in depth about it that makes me think about the book The Elephant In The Brain that expands on this idea in depth(you may have already heard of it).

Comment by Yellow (Daryl) (Daryl D'Souza) on New cause area: bivalve aquaculture · 2022-06-12T16:11:28.772Z · EA · GW

Thanks for posting! I think it's great to think about ways to use the large differences in suffering per calorie depending on what species is being farmed to our advantage to increase animal welfare.

Non-EAs are receptive to a proposal to substitute bivalves for other meat. They are not receptive to proposals to go vegetarian/vegan.

This is a better source about it being difficult to influence dietary change (via method of documentaries) 

The greater tractability of dietary change to increase bivalve consumption(reducing other animal consumption) is likely the strongest point in support of bivalve farming. I think(85%) that influencing people to substitute for bivalve consumption will be quite similar in difficulty to influencing people to go more veg*n. Some people who identify as vegan also consume bivalves anyways so this may not be an either/or though. Nudging people away from the worst in suffering per calorie is always better so it.

On price I don't think(65%) scallops(which you compared) are the cheapest of the bivalves? May be better options!

Depending on what it substitutes for, it would also reduce crop farming and associated rodent/insect deaths

This is an interesting point! Animals require a lotta farmland for food. I'm not sure there's any strong agreement though that reducing amount of crop farmland is good for animal welfare compared to counterfactual re-wilded land, or the counterfactual how the wild animals in the farmland would have died anyways. 

can clean up polluted water.

xD Be careful with this point there seems to be a tradeoff between cleaning polluted water and health, from that article:

As they filter water, the bivalves' tissues absorb some of the chemicals and pathogens that are present - things like herbicides, pharmaceuticals and flame retardants

Comment by Yellow (Daryl) (Daryl D'Souza) on Stuff I buy and use: a listicle to boost your consumer surplus and productivity · 2022-06-03T15:46:51.983Z · EA · GW

Great post thanks so much!! I really appreciate the concern for animals and learned a few things about some supplements I may want to consider taking while on a plant based diet(been forgetting to take my b12 and eat cruciferous veggies owa)

On your recommendation for Choline though, it's an essential nutrient, but I think consuming too much of it can be harmful for health:

"Our gut bacteria can turn choline into the toxic byproduct and cardiotoxicant TMAO—trimethylamine oxide—which is then absorbed back into our system within only an hour of consumption. The more eggs we eat, the higher the choline and TMAO levels we have, and the higher the risk we may have for heart disease and other diseases. Choline, as well as carnitine in red meat, can be turned into TMAO, which is associated with inflammation and a significantly higher risk of heart disease, heart attack, stroke, or death within a three-year period."

Comment by Yellow (Daryl) (Daryl D'Souza) on What should we actually do in response to moral uncertainty? · 2022-05-30T13:09:45.219Z · EA · GW

But for every action that is considered moral under one moral theory, there is an equal, and opposite moral theory that says that action is not moral. 


Maybe instead of just other moral theories, it would have to be a 'significant moral theory' based on some metric(like popularity?). But that has it's flaws too.


I think I may check out that book and sequence to get a feel of what's already been thought about on this subject

Comment by Yellow (Daryl) (Daryl D'Souza) on Focus on Civilizational Resilience over Cause Areas · 2022-05-26T20:34:11.907Z · EA · GW

Thanks for the write up. 

To add some more suggestions to how generalist resilience may come about, check this out by 80k: 

I'm currently unsure of what to think about your claim that generalist resilience needs to be upscaled by that large factor. This is mainly due to being unsure about what proportion of efforts is currently being directed there. Do you know anything about the distribution of efforts already at generalist resilience?

Comment by Yellow (Daryl) (Daryl D'Souza) on Look Out The Window · 2022-05-15T14:26:10.912Z · EA · GW

I like the acronym, YEA things :3

Comment by Yellow (Daryl) (Daryl D'Souza) on Impact of Ending US Animal Subsidies · 2022-05-15T14:22:14.507Z · EA · GW

I know one organization: Agricultural Fairness Alliance(past ACE grantee) (edit: oh the image you have is from them! xD)

Also maybe Sam Bankman's support of Joe Biden works somewhat like this? Joe Biden gives some many billions less in subsidies than counterfactual Trump(altho still too much xd) 

Comment by Yellow (Daryl) (Daryl D'Souza) on Why do you care? · 2022-05-08T16:46:18.701Z · EA · GW


Comment by Yellow (Daryl) (Daryl D'Souza) on Why do you care? · 2022-05-08T13:13:44.322Z · EA · GW

Great post on this topic. I used to think about where obligations come from. ~~I came to no satisfying conclusion -- the is-ought gap is a real killer xD

For me my motivation used to come from identifying as a utilitarian, until I read the replacing guilt ea sequence It really made me to a 180 on things like "I should donate to charity" and "I should be vegan" to "I want to see the world a better place, these actions help make that true, thus I want to do them"(which I think is personally much healthier for me).

I think your point 3/4 is a "big IF true" sort of thing, but reminds me of a "pascals wager" argument for the points that depend on it.

Comment by Yellow (Daryl) (Daryl D'Souza) on Announcing: EAGxVRChat · 2022-04-04T01:28:27.552Z · EA · GW

Based and Pogger pilled owo

Comment by Yellow (Daryl) (Daryl D'Souza) on Ivory Ella donates 10% of profits to conservation; are there other similar orgs? · 2022-03-31T18:53:45.176Z · EA · GW

That's very altruistic of them! (Uncertain about the effectiveness of choosing elephants conservation though)

Here's a short list of cooperate altruism(varying in effectiveness)

Comment by Yellow (Daryl) (Daryl D'Souza) on “Should you use EA in your group name?” An update on PISE’s naming experiment · 2022-03-29T22:55:23.988Z · EA · GW

Thanks for the updated thoughts on this topic.

If I may be so bold, I cannot help but mention the observation that PISE is one letter away from the word "PISS". And I wonder if this may have had some sort of impact(in addition to being slightly humors). I am curious to know if this is just me or there are other observers of this.

Comment by Yellow (Daryl) (Daryl D'Souza) on Likith Govindaiah's Shortform · 2022-03-19T23:08:32.046Z · EA · GW

Maybe take a look at this!