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Comment by maxra on Animal Equality showed that advocating for diet change works. But is it cost-effective? · 2018-06-07T21:05:55.453Z · EA · GW

The speciesism scale that was recently published by an EA psychologist might be useful for this purpose.

Ha, cool, you were also involved in the Sentience Institute study about attitudes towards US farm animals that probably also contains useful methodology in this direction.

Comment by maxra on Effective Altruism Grants project update · 2018-06-07T14:12:19.364Z · EA · GW

On your grants page (https://www.effectivealtruism.org/grants/) it still says you consider funding education, has this changed again?

"We welcome applications in the following areas: [...]

  • Studies (e.g., Masters or PhDs)"
Comment by maxra on Animal Equality showed that advocating for diet change works. But is it cost-effective? · 2018-06-07T10:28:17.020Z · EA · GW

Thank you for this!

I wonder if EAAs might think that the main effect of their animal advocacy is not necessarily the immediate meat consumption change, but more the longer term moral circle expansion. For example Jacy Reese from the Sentience Institute recently argued in this direction. If so, it might be more interesting to test for the level of speciesism or level of empathy towards animals before and after those interventions. I'd guess that decreasing speciesism is easier than causing a change in consumption habits, so for moral circle expansion purposes those results could be encouraging, correct?

Comment by maxra on Hi, I'm Holden Karnofsky. AMA about jobs at Open Philanthropy · 2018-04-19T10:34:30.659Z · EA · GW

Is it possible to switch to remote work (in my case in Europe) after working from office in SF e.g. for one year?

Comment by maxra on Effective altruism quotes · 2017-04-10T15:25:10.566Z · EA · GW

"Unrestricted altruism is not so common that we can afford to fritter it away on a plethora of feel-good projects of suboptimal efficacy."

Nick Bostrom, Existential Risk Prevention as Global Priority