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The 80,000 Hours job board is the skeleton of effective altruism stripped of all misleading ideologies 2020-08-07T11:11:20.582Z · score: 64 (39 votes)

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Comment by henrycooksley on The 80,000 Hours job board is the skeleton of effective altruism stripped of all misleading ideologies · 2020-08-09T17:04:21.019Z · score: 5 (4 votes) · EA · GW

Absolutely right, we would want something like a breakdown of EA spending that could come from the EA survey if we wanted a more robust metaphor of this kind. Marginal spending on new jobs can miss out information about employers with irregular hiring cycles (or who do very little hiring at all), so looking at a snapshot of a job board on any given day is likely to give you a biased picture of EA spending in general.

Comment by henrycooksley on The 80,000 Hours job board is the skeleton of effective altruism stripped of all misleading ideologies · 2020-08-09T16:59:19.996Z · score: 7 (4 votes) · EA · GW

Thanks for your comment! To build on my comment to Habryka above (“Thanks for this! If I were rewriting this post, I would take more care to emphasise that it's not 100% my view per se, but it is a view you could have that I have some credence in. The flaws in the view being broadly what you've laid out here.”) I would also add that stripping something to its skeleton is not always desirable, and certainly not what you want as your everyday framing of some issue.

In particular I liked your summary of what's left out of the job board, namely: “it's missing roles which orgs don’t advertise, lots of opportunities at early stage orgs, roles you design yourself and doesn’t foreground graduate school enough”.

Or, the skeleton !== the body

Another point to make is that Schumpeter's “all misleading ideologies” works as a quick phrase in an aphorism, but probably works better when describing the state than describing the effective altruism set of ideas and community.

Comment by henrycooksley on The 80,000 Hours job board is the skeleton of effective altruism stripped of all misleading ideologies · 2020-08-09T16:55:44.284Z · score: 2 (4 votes) · EA · GW

Thanks for this! If I were rewriting this post, I would take more care to emphasise that it's not 100% my view per se, but it is a view you could have that I have some credence in. The flaws in the view being broadly what you've laid out here.

Comment by henrycooksley on Four EA podcast episodes · 2020-07-30T20:46:26.819Z · score: 6 (6 votes) · EA · GW

Thanks for writing this post!

Comment by henrycooksley on Should we think more about EA dating? · 2020-07-30T20:37:56.065Z · score: 1 (3 votes) · EA · GW

Yes. On reflection I am tending towards thinking that, given the numbers involved, if you don't have interactions with a wide enough range of people outside of EA meetups to have some interactions that lead to dating, then you probably don't interact with a wide enough range of people outside of EA meetups.

Comment by henrycooksley on Should local EA groups support political causes? · 2020-07-22T20:01:54.489Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

You could discuss promotional messaging for your group that has emphasis on your group's solidarity with those fighting for these causes, rather than endorsement per se, and link it to other things that you want to promote that are more traditionally EA if you feel that's helpful.

For example, you might talk about having solidarity for the Black Lives Matter movement, and say that while it's not something that EAs have a lot of research on, that EAs have looked into various areas in criminal justice reform that align with some of their goals.

Or you could link Hong Kong democracy protests to political stability and reducing great power conflict, etc.

Comment by henrycooksley on Call for feedback and input on longterm policy book proposal · 2020-07-09T19:27:48.279Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

I have not read the full proposal so I'm just commenting on this post.

I think you have a good selection of topics and that there is value in covering some of the policy basics if your aim is to also appeal to a larger audience who might not have the same background knowledge as an experienced policy professional.

On this: “The target audience consists of policy practitioners, inside and outside of government, and scholars of the policy process.” – this seems good. I can only mention the obvious point that iterated development is important and I believe these kinds of books do so much better with input from a wide range of people. I'm sure you already know this.

Others have commented on the flow and linkage of chapters with each other, so you are already aware, but I also agree with this point.

I'm interested to hear more and best of luck with the next phase of development!

Comment by henrycooksley on I'm Linch Zhang, an amateur COVID-19 forecaster and generalist EA. AMA · 2020-06-30T20:34:43.236Z · score: 16 (8 votes) · EA · GW

so you've done quite a few different things - right now, would you rather go into research, or entrepreneurship, and why?

Comment by henrycooksley on Dominic Cummings - An 'Odyssean' Education [review] · 2020-06-05T22:36:02.266Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

I really enjoyed this, thank you!

Comment by henrycooksley on What are some good charities to donate to regarding systemic racial injustice? · 2020-06-03T10:25:23.950Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · EA · GW

I think we're in such an early stage with limited access to data that my intuition is - make some experiments and monitor closely, plus look for 'meta' opportunities that multiply impact - giving to ActBlue itself to scale up is a bet that they will facilitate a lot more than the tens of millions of $ they have raised already, and is acknowledging that better opportunities may arise in the near future (but will still be funded through that platform)

In terms of personal, counterfactual donations in addition to my 'normal' EA donations this year, to facilitate a conversation about this issue, I have:

  • donated $50 to ActBlue, to support their operations and technical services. https://secure.actblue.com/donate/supportactblue
  • donated $50 to ActBlue’s 11 suggested orgs on their recent post “Support orgs fighting against racism and police brutality” https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ab_mn ... these include: Black Lives Matter Global Network
    Reclaim the Block
    National Bail Out
    Black Visions Collective
    NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
    The National Police Accountability Project
    Color of Change Education Fund
    Unicorn Riot
    Campaign Zero
    Advancement Project
    The Marshall Project

Edit: My intuition is that US criminal justice dysfunction is an undervalued global risk, as it contributes to political instability, but I would very much welcome more careful thought into why that may or may not be the case :)