Please May I Have Reading Suggestions on Consistency in Ethical Frameworks

I have just started a 6 month res­i­dency at Newspeak House, a poli­ti­cal tech­nol­ogy col­lege in Lon­don. It’s gonna be a pe­riod of up­skil­ling, net­work­ing and re­search. Also I’d like to find an eth­i­cal ca­reer. I in­tend to re­search/​up­skill as fol­lows:

Con­sis­tency in eth­i­cal sys­tems

I hy­poth­e­sise that in­ter­nal con­sis­tency and agree­ment with our deep­est moral in­tu­itions are the two most im­por­tant fea­tures of any eth­i­cal sys­tem. I’d like to hear sug­ges­tions of any other nec­es­sary and suffi­cient char­ac­ter­is­tics of a good eth­i­cal sys­tem. Does any­one have sug­ges­tions of books to read or thoughts to con­sider? A corol­lary is that bad eth­i­cal sys­tems are those which are in­con­sis­tent with them­selves or our moral in­tu­itions. Does any­one think they have a solid coun­terex­am­ple?

I am look­ing for­ward to try­ing to un­der­stand other peo­ple’s eth­i­cal sys­tems. Why do peo­ple make the de­ci­sions they do? What makes peo­ple change their minds? What al­lows peo­ple to ig­nore con­flict­ing claims in their own be­liefs?

A lot of ra­tio­nal, im­pact­ful peo­ple flow through Newspeak House so I’m also cu­ri­ous about their crit­i­cism of EA, since:

  • If we are wrong about this move­ment we should want to move to some­thing better

  • It is good for us to un­der­stand our flaws so we can grow

  • It is good to learn how we can con­vince peo­ple to join EA, if it is the best choice for the fu­ture of consciousness

  • Are there ways peo­ple per­ceive EA which are skin deep but nonethe­less turn peo­ple off. eg a friend said “I don’t think earn­ing to give is good ad­vice” even though most EAs to­day agree with this.

Pat­terns in emerg­ing com­mu­ni­ties of prac­tise

This is Newspeak House’s main in­ter­est: Learn­ing about grow­ing com­mu­ni­ties and build­ing a library of best prac­tices. In Lon­don, there are many grow­ing or­gani­sa­tions which are du­pli­cat­ing the same effort. By meet­ing with the or­ganisers and see­ing com­mon pat­terns, Newspeak Fel­lows can learn and share these com­mon­al­ities. This will help or­gani­sa­tions grow faster. There is a risk that by mak­ing all or­gani­sa­tions bet­ter bad or­gani­sa­tions will be em­pow­ered, but most peo­ple are try­ing to do good things and if ra­tio­nal­ity can be em­pow­ered alongside this, it will cre­ate a bet­ter ecosys­tem for grow­ing orgs. I in­tend to feed­back here any­thing which I think will be use­ful to EA since I hope some of the in­for­ma­tion I’ll be learn­ing will be new to you all.

Ma­chine learn­ing

All hail our AI over­lords. #Sar­casm.


I’m in­ter­ested to hear your thoughts and sug­ges­tions. I would like to use this time well and open my fu­ture plans up to your rea­soned em­pa­thetic crit­i­cism.

Also I’m look­ing for a bit of work so if any­one needs any web dev do­ing, please get in touch. I in­tend to come to some EA mee­tups so see you there. Hope you are well. Thanks for read­ing.