Which piece got you more involved in EA?

The EA Fo­rum team is cur­rently think­ing about what core con­tent we’d like most new effec­tive al­tru­ists to en­gage with. As a con­se­quence, we’re par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in what caused beta users to en­gage more with effec­tive al­tru­ism.

The piece of writ­ing that feels most sig­nifi­cant to me is Nate Soares “The value of a life”. Whilst it touches on the tech­ni­cal point of the dis­tinc­tion be­tween value and cost, I also found it very mo­ti­vat­ing.

This wasn’t the piece that got me in­volved in EA—that was mostly per­sonal con­ver­sa­tions.

I’d be in­ter­ested to hear which pieces were im­por­tant to other peo­ple. Pie­ces which I’ve seen men­tioned fre­quently:

- Peter Singer’s The Drown­ing Child and the Ex­pand­ing Mo­ral Circle

- Nate’s On caring

- Eliezer Yud­kowsky’s Feel­ing Mo­ral and Scope Insensitivity

I’d also be in­ter­ested in links to other places that this has been dis­cussed.