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Is nanotechnology (such as APM) important for EAs' to work on? 2020-03-12T15:36:13.504Z · score: 5 (2 votes)
(Link) Could animal advocacy prevent future corona-viruses? 2020-03-08T18:10:57.245Z · score: 2 (1 votes)
[Cross Post] Why I don't give money to beggars on the street 2020-03-02T18:07:41.476Z · score: 0 (2 votes)
[Cross Post] How cryptocurrency could become the evolution to cash 2020-03-02T13:40:46.402Z · score: 1 (1 votes)
[Cross Post] Why China could be a very important country. 2020-02-29T23:42:50.423Z · score: 0 (0 votes)
Hello there, Effective Altruism! 2020-02-20T14:00:47.996Z · score: 4 (2 votes)
Can I do an introductory post? 2020-02-13T19:02:06.829Z · score: 8 (7 votes)

Comments

Comment by pixel_brownie_software on Is nanotechnology (such as APM) important for EAs' to work on? · 2020-03-13T15:18:58.403Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

thanks for your response,

i'm not planning on necessarily writing a research paper or anything that is directly stating an answer - i would more of write something that encourages discussion.

i try to look for topics that are obscure and doesn't really get too much coverage (and maybe pressing as well) - perhaps an example that fits into this category is an "wild animal welfare" where we don't exactly know the impacts but could be something people consider and look into.

that being said, if it isn't necessarily going to go anywhere, i should probably detain the idea until this gets maybe more coverage or is more pressing then i may write a post on it (conveying opinions on it).

Comment by pixel_brownie_software on Is nanotechnology (such as APM) important for EAs' to work on? · 2020-03-12T18:29:11.869Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

i just heard the term as a buzzword -

in terms of what i had in mind, i wasn't too sure on the specifics - since i don't know much about the field

judging by your answer i was probably thinking along the lines of APM (since this seems like an idea that could make objects more efficient if applied correctly such as solar panels).

i'll update my question to narrow things down

thanks for your answer

Comment by pixel_brownie_software on Why do EA events attract more men than women? Focus group data · 2020-03-03T20:30:50.980Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA · GW

pretty interesting post,

i am pleasantly surprised that in a social event that is run by an organisation about doing good would have sexual harassment of women. even as a male, hearing this makes me feel really bad for fellow women...

i would be a little uncomfortable if there were only men and no women in the room, or if there was only one woman in the room and no other women.

although what that concerns me with these findings is how after a certain amount of times attending an event, they have diminishing returns - with the conversations being repetitive.

there was also the quote of EAs' being with people they don't know - i could understand why this may deter them. personally when i'm with people i don't know, sometimes they don't really make me feel like i'm a part of them - and i would feel like an outcast.

i can resonate with the quote that people feel inadequate because of the large amount of EAs' with PhDs, in a way it feels like in order to do the most good, you need to spend probably your whole life at school. especially if you look at the immense competition and (for the most part) narrow career capital in these jobs.

Comment by pixel_brownie_software on [Cross Post] Why I don't give money to beggars on the street · 2020-03-03T16:00:13.524Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · EA · GW

i've written about the mistakes on the top of this post.
i don't know if it will help justify some of the wrongly said views.

i have also checked several sources and the evidence giving to the poor on the streets (and i mean the streets of london in this case) is quite mixed - some EAs have said they do it for 'the warm fuzziness' of helping someone.

i personally think it's better to support a charity that helps people living on the streets rather than giving money, food or other necessities to them directly - although both actions do generate some good even if one is more than the other.

Comment by pixel_brownie_software on [Cross Post] Why I don't give money to beggars on the street · 2020-03-03T06:53:47.620Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA · GW

thanks for your opinion i will change some of the content of this post to not put them in a worse light.

but at the same time i think that it is a little bit silly for poor people to ask some random guy (let’s say that the begged person in question is not rich and is under 18 and is being begged by someone older) for their money, when they could perhaps ask someone that would be in a far better position to help them or even the government. maybe i didn’t explain that too well in the post as much as i should have.

when i wrote that, keep in mind that i had no bad intentions.

thanks for your feedback though

Comment by pixel_brownie_software on Hello there, Effective Altruism! · 2020-03-02T13:28:27.791Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA · GW

i believe that would be a great idea!

i personally like writing longer posts because it contains more information and doesn't feel oversimplified - it also feels more like something more serious rather than, say, a simple tweet.

i'm pretty sure you know that 80,000 hours prefers this approach too.

but i can see why some would want to do a TL;DR introduction of themselves.

though, i'm wondering if the EA community are friendly to those interested in joining, but are considering a more vocational path rather than a traditional 3-4 undergrad (as the latter is pretty much 80,000 hours' audience)...

Comment by pixel_brownie_software on Can I do an introductory post? · 2020-02-29T23:37:22.044Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

hello, i have looked into that and there seems to be one in london (where i live) which suits my skills

though... the only lead i have to it is a facebook group and i don't have an account of facebook let alone use it so i'm not exactly sure how to join/contact

thanks though

Comment by pixel_brownie_software on Why are you here? An origin stories thread. · 2020-02-22T15:27:43.921Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

here's mine: https://pixelbrowniesoftware.blogspot.com/2020/02/hello-there-effective-altruism-community.html