Michael Huang's Shortform 2021-06-09T03:58:27.476Z


Comment by Michael Huang on Resources on Animal Ethics and Helping Animals · 2021-09-11T13:38:35.331Z · EA · GW

Thanks for creating this comprehensive list!

For the wild animal suffering section, there’s a book by Kyle Johannsen that covers the ethics of intervention:

Comment by Michael Huang on All Possible Views About Humanity's Future Are Wild · 2021-07-14T01:57:41.400Z · EA · GW

The timelines do a great job of visualising how colonisation would be completed quickly on a cosmic timescale.

There was also a memorable visualisation in Scientific American depicting how space colonies grow exponentially to fill the galaxy:  Crawford, Ian (2000) Where are they? Maybe we are alone in the galaxy after all, Scientific American, July.

The time it takes to colonise the galaxy depends on the speed of the colony ships and the time it takes for new colonies to create colony ships of their own.

The remarkable thing is that the home planet only needs to send out two successful colony expeditions to start the colonisation wave. That's it. Just two ships to colonise the galaxy. One of the most high impact projects one can think of.

Comment by Michael Huang on New? Start here! (Useful links) · 2021-06-20T07:17:36.123Z · EA · GW

That would work. Or an information symbol ⓘ (the letter 'i' in a circle).

Or a green sprout. Some games have that to indicate new players.

Comment by Michael Huang on [deleted post] 2021-06-11T05:00:32.562Z

No worries, thanks for renaming it. I have added a short lead section.

Comment by Michael Huang on JonathanSalter's Shortform · 2021-06-09T05:11:56.263Z · EA · GW

Hello! The EA Hub has some scripts and slides in English:

Try contacting a staff member from the Groups Team, e.g. Catherine Low, for tips and pointers:

Comment by Michael Huang on Michael Huang's Shortform · 2021-06-09T03:58:27.613Z · EA · GW

Humanitarian Assistance for Wild Animals

New article about wild animal suffering, interventions, genome editing and gene drives:

Johannsen, Kyle (2021). Humanitarian Assistance for Wild Animals. The Philosophers' Magazine 93:33-37. Available on PhilArchive:

Comment by Michael Huang on Should EA Buy Distribution Rights for Foundational Books? · 2021-06-01T05:47:00.819Z · EA · GW

Good idea, but one issue with donating books to a library is that the librarian still has to decide whether to accept or reject the donation. Most librarians are very selective about what gets included and what gets weeded out of their collection.

Another option is to use the library website and find the "Suggest items for the library" web form. (Search the library catalogue first to see whether the library already holds the item.) If the librarian decides to purchase the book, it is completely funded by the library budget.

You can suggest the format too: print, ebook or both. I would say both because both print and ebook formats have their respective strengths and limitations.

For university libraries, if you mention the course or unit (e.g. ethics, philosophy) that would benefit from the book, it helps the librarian to justify the purchase.

Comment by Michael Huang on Propose and vote on potential EA Wiki entries · 2021-05-31T05:41:30.389Z · EA · GW

To add to arguments for inclusion, here’s an excerpt from an EA Forum post about key figures in the animal suffering focus area.

“Major inspirations for those in this focus area include Peter Singer, David Pearce, and Brian Tomasik.”

Four focus areas of effective altruism by Luke_Muehlhauser, 8th Jul 2013

David Pearce’s work on suffering and biotechnology would be more relevant now than in 2013 due to developments in genome editing and gene drives.

Comment by Michael Huang on What posts you are planning on writing? · 2021-05-01T16:58:10.952Z · EA · GW

"Genome editing and the replacement, reduction and relief of pain as a cause area"

  • A few individuals lead near-normal lives with the complete absence of pain due to natural genetic variations.
  • Genome editing has the potential to replicate these genetic variations in all animals and people.
  • The problem with eliminating pain is its important role in the detection and avoidance of injury.
  • The challenge is to remove pain while retaining this function. Options include these 3Rs (inspired by the 3Rs of animal testing):
    • Replace pain with a painless sensory system. Complete absence of pain while retaining the detection and avoidance of injury.
    • Reduce the maximum level of pain from 10 to a 1 or 2 on the pain scale. Keep pain but reduce its severity.
    • Relieve pain for those who, out of choice or necessity, have not replaced or reduced pain.