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Crit­i­cism of effec­tive altruism

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The criticism of effective altruism tag covers critical discussion of ideas, behaviors or constraints that exist in multiple parts of the EA movement (as opposed to criticism focused on a specific organization, person, or cause area).

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The case of the miss­ing cause pri­ori­ti­sa­tion research

weeatquince16 Aug 2020 0:21 UTC
255 points
87 comments16 min readEA link

The case against “EA cause ar­eas”

nadavb17 Jul 2021 6:37 UTC
115 points
24 comments13 min readEA link

A cri­tique of effec­tive altruism

Ben_Kuhn3 Dec 2013 1:39 UTC
20 points
4 comments12 min readEA link
(www.lesswrong.com)

Why I left EA

Lila19 Feb 2017 17:42 UTC
34 points
59 commentsEA link

Ob­jec­tions to Value-Align­ment be­tween Effec­tive Altruists

CarlaZoeC15 Jul 2020 16:07 UTC
158 points
43 comments17 min readEA link

The EA Com­mu­nity and Long-Term Fu­ture Funds Lack Trans­parency and Accountability

Evan_Gaensbauer23 Jul 2018 0:39 UTC
68 points
58 commentsEA link

Drown­ing chil­dren are rare

BenHoffman28 May 2019 17:33 UTC
−4 points
36 comments5 min readEA link
(benjaminrosshoffman.com)

Effec­tive al­tru­ism is self-recommending

BenHoffman23 Apr 2017 6:11 UTC
37 points
48 commentsEA link

Some blindspots in ra­tio­nal­ity and effec­tive altruism

remmelt21 Mar 2021 18:01 UTC
68 points
5 comments13 min readEA link

[Linkpost] Some Thoughts on Effec­tive Altruism

Sebastian Schwiecker18 Sep 2020 10:05 UTC
31 points
26 comments1 min readEA link

Mis­con­cep­tions about effec­tive al­tru­ism (80,000 Hours)

Aaron Gertler7 Aug 2020 1:26 UTC
29 points
0 comments9 min readEA link
(80000hours.org)

Ben Garfinkel: How sure are we about this AI stuff?

Ben Garfinkel9 Feb 2019 19:17 UTC
94 points
16 comments18 min readEA link

Pa­trick Col­li­son on Effec­tive Altruism

SamuelKnoche23 Jun 2020 9:04 UTC
74 points
4 comments3 min readEA link

Keep­ing ev­ery­one mo­ti­vated: a case for effec­tive ca­reers out­side of the high­est im­pact EA organizations

FJehn22 Aug 2019 6:43 UTC
36 points
12 comments4 min readEA link

Les­sons from my time in Effec­tive Altruism

richard_ngo15 Jan 2021 21:54 UTC
254 points
24 comments7 min readEA link

Alice Crary’s philo­soph­i­cal-in­sti­tu­tional cri­tique of EA: “Why one should not be an effec­tive al­tru­ist”

ben.smith25 Feb 2021 20:06 UTC
19 points
7 comments2 min readEA link

Re­sponse to Phil Tor­res’ ‘The Case Against Longter­mism’

HaydnBelfield8 Mar 2021 18:09 UTC
89 points
68 comments5 min readEA link

Towards a Weaker Longtermism

Davidmanheim8 Aug 2021 8:31 UTC
100 points
73 comments3 min readEA link

The mo­ti­vated rea­son­ing cri­tique of effec­tive altruism

Linch14 Sep 2021 20:43 UTC
190 points
51 comments23 min readEA link

Avoid­ing Group­think in In­tro Fel­low­ships (and Diver­sify­ing Longter­mism)

seanrson14 Sep 2021 21:00 UTC
65 points
9 comments1 min readEA link

Effec­tive Altru­ism and Free Riding

sbehmer27 Mar 2020 19:12 UTC
115 points
39 comments11 min readEA link

The case for build­ing more and bet­ter epistemic in­sti­tu­tions in the effec­tive al­tru­ism com­mu­nity

stefan.torges29 Mar 2020 17:01 UTC
124 points
21 comments6 min readEA link

Effec­tive Altru­ism is an Ide­ol­ogy, not (just) a Question

Fods1228 Jun 2019 7:18 UTC
126 points
44 comments16 min readEA link
(thegodlesstheist.com)

The ITN frame­work, cost-effec­tive­ness, and cause prioritisation

Halstead6 Oct 2019 5:26 UTC
112 points
19 comments14 min readEA link

In defence of epistemic modesty

Gregory_Lewis29 Oct 2017 19:15 UTC
95 points
49 commentsEA link

[Link] The Op­ti­mizer’s Curse & Wrong-Way Reductions

Chris Smith4 Apr 2019 13:28 UTC
75 points
61 comments1 min readEA link

[Question] What are ex­am­ples of EA work be­ing re­viewed by non-EA re­searchers?

Aaron Gertler24 Mar 2020 6:04 UTC
57 points
15 comments1 min readEA link

[Link] What opinions do you hold that you would be re­luc­tant to ex­press in front of a group of effec­tive al­tru­ists? Anony­mous form.

arikr10 Sep 2019 19:38 UTC
64 points
62 comments1 min readEA link

Four prac­tices where EAs ought to course-correct

kbog30 Jul 2019 5:48 UTC
51 points
44 comments11 min readEA link

Crit­i­cal Re­view of ‘The Precipice’: A Re­assess­ment of the Risks of AI and Pandemics

Fods1211 May 2020 11:11 UTC
81 points
32 comments26 min readEA link

What 80,000 Hours learned by in­ter­view­ing peo­ple we re­spect ‘anony­mously’

80000_Hours18 Jun 2020 12:50 UTC
53 points
2 comments3 min readEA link

If you don’t have good ev­i­dence one thing is bet­ter than an­other, don’t pre­tend you do

Robert_Wiblin21 Dec 2015 19:19 UTC
37 points
7 commentsEA link

Be­ware sur­pris­ing and sus­pi­cious convergence

Gregory_Lewis24 Jan 2016 19:11 UTC
71 points
13 commentsEA link

EA risks fal­ling into a “meta trap”. But we can avoid it.

Peter Wildeford25 Aug 2015 15:22 UTC
53 points
66 commentsEA link

Ben Kuhn on the effec­tive al­tru­ist movement

admin323 Jul 2014 7:53 UTC
4 points
0 commentsEA link

The com­mu­nity’s con­cep­tion of value drift­ing is some­times too narrow

Mati_Roy4 Sep 2020 2:00 UTC
29 points
22 comments3 min readEA link

[WIP] Sum­mary Re­view of ITN Critiques

AllAmericanBreakfast9 Oct 2019 8:27 UTC
54 points
6 comments6 min readEA link

Sum­mary of “The Most Good We Can Do or the Best Per­son We Can Be?”—a Cri­tique of EA

EdoArad28 Nov 2020 7:41 UTC
14 points
3 comments2 min readEA link

The mar­ket­ing gap and a plea for moral inclusivity

MichaelPlant8 Jul 2017 11:34 UTC
23 points
53 commentsEA link

Deal­ing with Net­work Con­straints (My Model of EA Ca­reers)

Raemon28 Feb 2019 1:34 UTC
45 points
11 comments2 min readEA link

EA is risk-constrained

EdoArad24 Jun 2020 7:54 UTC
61 points
23 comments1 min readEA link

The ca­reer co­or­di­na­tion problem

MathiasKB16 Mar 2019 19:28 UTC
50 points
9 comments2 min readEA link

Cross-post: Think twice be­fore talk­ing about ‘tal­ent gaps’ – clar­ify­ing nine mis­con­cep­tions, by 80,000 Hours.

80000_Hours12 Nov 2018 20:52 UTC
50 points
7 commentsEA link

Im­prov­ing the Effec­tive Altru­ism Network

Kerry_Vaughan31 Aug 2016 19:44 UTC
24 points
8 commentsEA link

[Question] What are some po­ten­tial co­or­di­na­tion failures in our com­mu­nity?

EdoArad12 Dec 2020 8:00 UTC
28 points
29 comments1 min readEA link

Ju­lia Galef and An­gus Deaton: pod­cast dis­cus­sion of RCT is­sues (ex­cerpts)

Aaron Gertler4 Jan 2021 21:35 UTC
28 points
5 comments9 min readEA link
(rationallyspeakingpodcast.org)

The Folly of “EAs Should”

Davidmanheim6 Jan 2021 7:04 UTC
82 points
48 comments4 min readEA link

“EA” doesn’t have a tal­ent gap. Differ­ent causes have differ­ent gaps.

Kat Woods20 May 2018 22:07 UTC
45 points
18 commentsEA link

EA’s Image Problem

Tom_Davidson11 Oct 2015 13:44 UTC
28 points
63 commentsEA link

Defend­ing Philan­thropy Against Democracy

Cullen_OKeefe6 Oct 2019 7:20 UTC
41 points
24 comments5 min readEA link

My new ar­ti­cle on EA and the sys­temic change objection

tdsyme15 Feb 2019 18:27 UTC
10 points
21 comments1 min readEA link

Emilia Wil­son: Univer­sal­ised cri­tiques of EA (light­ning talk)

EA Global3 Nov 2017 7:43 UTC
6 points
0 comments1 min readEA link
(www.youtube.com)

Some quick notes on “effec­tive al­tru­ism”

Jonas Vollmer24 Mar 2021 15:30 UTC
186 points
89 comments3 min readEA link

Com­mon re­sponses to earn­ing to give

Ben_Kuhn10 Jun 2013 4:00 UTC
1 point
1 commentEA link

If you want to dis­agree with effec­tive al­tru­ism, you need to dis­agree one of these three claims

Benjamin_Todd25 Sep 2016 15:01 UTC
31 points
7 commentsEA link

Peter Singer on the 80K podcast

Jon_Behar18 Dec 2019 17:17 UTC
31 points
0 comments1 min readEA link
(80000hours.org)

Em­piri­cal data on value drift

Joey22 Apr 2018 23:31 UTC
137 points
71 comments5 min readEA link

Don’t we need poli­ti­cal ac­tion rather than char­ity?

lukefreeman17 May 2021 1:13 UTC
11 points
3 comments2 min readEA link
(www.givingwhatwecan.org)

Progress stud­ies vs. longter­mist EA: some differences

Max_Daniel31 May 2021 21:35 UTC
75 points
26 comments3 min readEA link

Help me find the crux be­tween EA/​XR and Progress Studies

jasoncrawford2 Jun 2021 18:47 UTC
102 points
35 comments3 min readEA link

Sam Har­ris and Will MacAskill: Pod­cast tran­script (2020)

Aaron Gertler3 Jul 2021 21:48 UTC
30 points
0 comments68 min readEA link

Re­sponses to “The Logic of Effec­tive Altru­ism”

EA Handbook1 Jul 2015 7:00 UTC
2 points
0 comments12 min readEA link

Ob­jec­tions to effec­tive altruism

EA Handbook29 Dec 2020 8:00 UTC
2 points
0 comments7 min readEA link
(www.effectivealtruism.org)

Disagree­ing about what’s effec­tive isn’t dis­agree­ing with effec­tive altruism

Robert_Wiblin16 Jul 2015 7:00 UTC
2 points
0 comments3 min readEA link
(80000hours.org)

Another cri­tique of effec­tive altruism

EA Handbook5 Jan 2014 8:00 UTC
2 points
0 comments5 min readEA link
(www.lesswrong.com)

Phil Tor­res’ ar­ti­cle: “The Danger­ous Ideas of ‘Longter­mism’ and ‘Ex­is­ten­tial Risk’”

Ben_Eisenpress6 Aug 2021 7:19 UTC
10 points
13 comments1 min readEA link

Bet­ter mod­els for EA de­vel­op­ment: a net­work of com­mu­ni­ties, not a global community

konrad18 Sep 2018 9:33 UTC
31 points
4 commentsEA link

Think­ing about how we re­spond to crit­i­cisms of EA

weeatquince19 Aug 2016 9:42 UTC
5 points
2 commentsEA link

EA Lead­ers Fo­rum: Sur­vey on EA pri­ori­ties (data and anal­y­sis)

Aaron Gertler12 Nov 2019 1:14 UTC
107 points
48 comments16 min readEA link

[Question] Ends vs. Means: To what ex­tent should we be will­ing to sac­ri­fice nu­ance and epistemic hu­mil­ity when com­mu­ni­cat­ing with peo­ple out­side EA?

ddavies12 Jul 2020 14:26 UTC
7 points
1 comment2 min readEA link

[Question] Why al­tru­ism at all?

Singleton12 Jul 2020 22:04 UTC
−2 points
1 comment1 min readEA link

The Values-to-Ac­tions De­ci­sion Chain: a lens for im­prov­ing coordination

remmelt30 Jun 2018 9:26 UTC
33 points
33 commentsEA link

EA should in­vest more in exploration

Michael_PJ5 Feb 2017 17:11 UTC
23 points
28 commentsEA link

The Case for Education

SamuelKnoche14 Aug 2020 17:26 UTC
16 points
10 comments10 min readEA link

[Question] EA’s ab­stract moral epistemology

Stijn20 Oct 2020 14:11 UTC
13 points
16 comments1 min readEA link

some con­cerns with clas­si­cal utilitarianism

nil14 Nov 2020 9:29 UTC
24 points
17 comments26 min readEA link

In­ter­ro­gat­ing Impact

SebastianSchmidt21 Nov 2020 11:16 UTC
28 points
6 comments4 min readEA link

Guer­rilla Foun­da­tion Re­sponse to EA Fo­rum Discussion

PaoloFresia15 Dec 2020 17:57 UTC
23 points
8 comments9 min readEA link

How to crit­i­cise Effec­tive Altruism

tobytrem3 Jun 2021 11:24 UTC
29 points
2 comments4 min readEA link

Philo­soph­i­cal Cri­tiques of Effec­tive Altru­ism by Prof Jeff McMahan

Robert_Wiblin3 May 2016 21:05 UTC
36 points
8 commentsEA link

Rea­sons to eat meat

kbog21 Apr 2019 20:37 UTC
35 points
43 comments3 min readEA link

Use “care” with care.

Roxanne_Heston9 Feb 2017 6:38 UTC
28 points
13 commentsEA link

Anony­mous EA comments

RobBensinger7 Feb 2017 21:42 UTC
33 points
94 commentsEA link

Scien­tific Char­ity Movement

Jeff_Kaufman23 Jul 2016 14:33 UTC
29 points
6 commentsEA link

If tech progress might be bad, what should we tell peo­ple about it?

Robert_Wiblin16 Feb 2016 10:26 UTC
21 points
18 commentsEA link

The big prob­lem with how we do outreach

Lila26 Dec 2015 19:36 UTC
17 points
17 commentsEA link

We care about WALYs not QALYs

Benjamin_Todd13 Nov 2015 19:21 UTC
18 points
18 commentsEA link

No, CS ma­jors didn’t de­lude them­selves that the best way to save the world is to do CS research

Robert_Wiblin15 Dec 2015 17:13 UTC
19 points
7 commentsEA link

Thoughts on the “Meta Trap”

rohinmshah20 Dec 2016 21:36 UTC
8 points
48 commentsEA link

Why we need more meta

Benjamin_Todd26 Sep 2015 22:40 UTC
23 points
16 commentsEA link

Thread for dis­cussing crit­i­cal re­view of Do­ing Good Bet­ter in the Lon­don Re­view of Books

Benjamin_Todd21 Sep 2015 2:27 UTC
10 points
20 commentsEA link

80,000 Hours: Anony­mous con­trib­u­tors on flaws of the EA community

Aaron Gertler4 Mar 2020 0:32 UTC
46 points
7 comments12 min readEA link
(80000hours.org)

Why aren’t we talk­ing about per­sonal de­vel­op­ment?

AllAmericanBreakfast29 Feb 2020 20:23 UTC
37 points
2 comments4 min readEA link

The Out­side Crit­ics of Effec­tive Altruism

RyanCarey5 Jan 2015 18:37 UTC
12 points
72 commentsEA link

Suffer­ing re­lief vs life extension

drbrake19 Nov 2018 16:55 UTC
5 points
1 commentEA link

EA needs out­siders with a greater di­ver­sity of skills

Lotte_de_Lint2 Jun 2021 8:40 UTC
58 points
3 comments5 min readEA link

Pitch­ing EA to some­one who be­lieves cer­tain goods can’t be as­signed a value

Nick Corvino21 Jul 2021 20:05 UTC
15 points
1 comment2 min readEA link

Nar­ra­tion: The case against “EA cause ar­eas”

D0TheMath24 Jul 2021 20:39 UTC
12 points
5 comments1 min readEA link
(anchor.fm)
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