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TagLast edit: 26 Jul 2022 12:53 UTC by Leo

The history tag is for posts that are strongly focused on historical events or trends (rather than just mentioning these things briefly), or that discuss or make heavy use of historical research methods.

Further reading

Aird, Michael (2021) Collection of EA-associated historical case study research, Effective Altruism Forum, June 4.

Related entries

history of effective altruism | history of existential risk | history of philanthropy

Some his­tory top­ics it might be very valuable to investigate

MichaelA8 Jul 2020 2:40 UTC
88 points
34 comments6 min readEA link

So­cial Move­ment Les­sons from the US Pri­son­ers’ Rights Movement

Jamie_Harris22 Jul 2020 12:10 UTC
32 points
3 comments128 min readEA link
(www.sentienceinstitute.org)

Tom Moynihan on why prior gen­er­a­tions missed some of the biggest pri­ori­ties of all

80000_Hours29 Jul 2021 16:38 UTC
20 points
0 comments156 min readEA link

Long-Term In­fluence and Move­ment Growth: Two His­tor­i­cal Case Studies

Aron_Vallinder13 Dec 2018 19:03 UTC
58 points
5 commentsEA link

How tractable is chang­ing the course of his­tory?

Jamie_Harris22 May 2019 15:29 UTC
41 points
2 comments7 min readEA link
(www.sentienceinstitute.org)

Les­sons from the his­tory of an­i­mal rights

JesseClifton17 May 2016 19:32 UTC
36 points
10 commentsEA link

Dis­con­tin­u­ous progress in his­tory: an update

AI Impacts17 Apr 2020 16:28 UTC
68 points
3 comments24 min readEA link

Does Eco­nomic His­tory Point Toward a Sin­gu­lar­ity?

Ben Garfinkel2 Sep 2020 12:48 UTC
135 points
58 comments3 min readEA link

What Helped the Voice­less? His­tor­i­cal Case Studies

Mauricio11 Oct 2020 3:38 UTC
127 points
16 comments92 min readEA link

How frag­ile was his­tory?

Gregory Lewis2 Feb 2018 6:23 UTC
20 points
9 commentsEA link

Key Les­sons From So­cial Move­ment History

Jamie_Harris30 Jun 2021 17:05 UTC
116 points
20 comments11 min readEA link
(www.sentienceinstitute.org)

Why Un­der­grads Should Take His­tory Classes

ThomasW7 Nov 2021 14:25 UTC
43 points
15 comments3 min readEA link

Po­ta­toes: A Crit­i­cal Review

Pablo Villalobos10 May 2022 15:27 UTC
116 points
27 comments9 min readEA link
(docs.google.com)

[Question] Are there his­tor­i­cal ex­am­ples of ex­cess panic dur­ing pan­demics kil­ling a lot of peo­ple?

Linch27 May 2020 17:00 UTC
28 points
15 comments1 min readEA link

[Short Ver­sion] What Helped the Voice­less? His­tor­i­cal Case Studies

Mauricio15 Dec 2020 3:40 UTC
52 points
2 comments10 min readEA link

Per­sis­tence—A crit­i­cal re­view [ABRIDGED]

Jaime Sevilla10 Nov 2021 11:30 UTC
90 points
6 comments2 min readEA link

The end of the Bronze Age as an ex­am­ple of a sud­den col­lapse of civilization

FJehn28 Oct 2020 12:55 UTC
45 points
7 comments7 min readEA link

[Question] What would an en­tity with GiveWell’s de­ci­sion-mak­ing pro­cess have recom­mended in the past?

Mati_Roy25 Jun 2021 6:12 UTC
28 points
11 comments1 min readEA link

Sum­mary of his­tory (em­pow­er­ment and well-be­ing lens)

Holden Karnofsky28 Sep 2021 17:48 UTC
62 points
11 comments11 min readEA link

New His­tory Ex­plo­ra­tion Club for EAs!

aaronmayer27 May 2022 15:00 UTC
25 points
0 comments2 min readEA link

[Question] Most harm­ful peo­ple in his­tory?

SiebeRozendal11 Sep 2022 3:04 UTC
15 points
9 comments1 min readEA link

Briefly, the life of Tetsu Naka­mura (1946-2019)

Emrik3 Oct 2022 15:44 UTC
131 points
4 comments2 min readEA link

Why do so­cial move­ments fail: Two con­crete ex­am­ples.

NunoSempere4 Oct 2019 19:56 UTC
102 points
16 comments8 min readEA link

Which prop­er­ties does the EA move­ment share with deep-time or­gani­sa­tions?

FJehn26 Aug 2020 10:59 UTC
46 points
6 comments8 min readEA link

A (Very) Short His­tory of the Col­lapse of Civ­i­liza­tions, and Why it Matters

Davidmanheim30 Aug 2020 7:49 UTC
51 points
16 comments3 min readEA link

Some promis­ing ca­reer ideas be­yond 80,000 Hours’ pri­or­ity paths

Ardenlk26 Jun 2020 10:34 UTC
140 points
28 comments15 min readEA link

At­tempt at un­der­stand­ing the role of moral philos­o­phy in moral progress

alexhill28 Oct 2019 16:32 UTC
32 points
8 comments5 min readEA link

The Germy Para­dox—Filters: Hard and soft skills

eukaryote3 Oct 2019 1:28 UTC
20 points
0 comments1 min readEA link
(eukaryotewritesblog.com)

Model­ling the odds of re­cov­ery from civ­i­liza­tional collapse

MichaelA17 Sep 2020 11:58 UTC
39 points
8 comments2 min readEA link

[Part 2] Am­plify­ing gen­er­al­ist re­search via fore­cast­ing – re­sults from a pre­limi­nary exploration

jacobjacob19 Dec 2019 16:36 UTC
31 points
1 comment14 min readEA link

Notes on ‘Atomic Ob­ses­sion’ (2009)

lukeprog26 Oct 2019 0:30 UTC
62 points
16 comments8 min readEA link

Rose Had­shar: From the Ne­olithic Revolu­tion to the far future

EA Global26 Oct 2018 8:35 UTC
13 points
0 comments1 min readEA link
(www.youtube.com)

Is Democ­racy a Fad?

Ben Garfinkel13 Mar 2021 12:40 UTC
144 points
36 comments18 min readEA link

Notes on Hen­rich’s “The WEIRDest Peo­ple in the World” (2020)

MichaelA25 Mar 2021 5:04 UTC
38 points
4 comments3 min readEA link

How big a deal was the In­dus­trial Revolu­tion?

lukeprog16 Sep 2017 7:00 UTC
31 points
0 comments3 min readEA link
(lukemuehlhauser.com)

[Pod­cast] Thomas Moynihan on the His­tory of Ex­is­ten­tial Risk

finm22 Mar 2021 11:07 UTC
26 points
2 comments1 min readEA link
(hearthisidea.com)

So­cial Move­ment Les­sons from the Fair Trade Movement

Jamie_Harris2 Apr 2021 10:51 UTC
39 points
0 comments41 min readEA link
(www.sentienceinstitute.org)

Case stud­ies of self-gov­er­nance to re­duce tech­nol­ogy risk

jia6 Apr 2021 8:49 UTC
50 points
6 comments7 min readEA link

Welfare sto­ries: How his­tory should be writ­ten, with an ex­am­ple (early his­tory of Guam)

kbog2 Jan 2020 23:32 UTC
46 points
3 comments59 min readEA link

On the longter­mist case for work­ing on farmed an­i­mals [Uncer­tain­ties & re­search ideas]

MichaelA11 Apr 2021 6:49 UTC
78 points
12 comments8 min readEA link

[Question] How many times would nu­clear weapons have been used if ev­ery state had them since 1950?

eca4 May 2021 15:34 UTC
16 points
13 comments1 min readEA link

The world is much bet­ter. The world is awful. The world can be much bet­ter.

Max Roser22 Aug 2022 14:33 UTC
61 points
2 comments5 min readEA link

What the EA com­mu­nity can learn from the rise of the neoliberals

Kerry_Vaughan6 Dec 2016 18:21 UTC
43 points
9 commentsEA link

Some AI Gover­nance Re­search Ideas

MarkusAnderljung3 Jun 2021 10:51 UTC
90 points
5 comments2 min readEA link

Hu­man­i­ties Re­search Ideas for Longtermists

Lizka9 Jun 2021 4:39 UTC
146 points
13 comments15 min readEA link

[Pod­cast] Tom Moynihan on why prior gen­er­a­tions missed some of the biggest pri­ori­ties of all

BrownHairedEevee25 Jun 2021 15:39 UTC
12 points
0 comments1 min readEA link
(80000hours.org)

Has Life Got­ten Bet­ter?

Holden Karnofsky5 Oct 2021 8:31 UTC
77 points
23 comments7 min readEA link

GovAI An­nual Re­port 2021

GovAI5 Jan 2022 16:57 UTC
51 points
2 comments9 min readEA link

[Question] Ex­am­ples of pure al­tru­ism to­wards fu­ture gen­er­a­tions?

richard_ngo26 Jan 2022 16:42 UTC
16 points
14 comments1 min readEA link

A Primer on God, Liber­al­ism and the End of History

Mahdi Complex28 Mar 2022 5:26 UTC
7 points
3 comments14 min readEA link

[Question] What pieces of ~his­tor­i­cal re­search have been ac­tion-guid­ing for you, or for EA?

rosehadshar29 Mar 2022 10:31 UTC
31 points
7 comments1 min readEA link

H-Day, a case study in co­or­di­nated change

EdoArad16 Apr 2022 7:51 UTC
14 points
0 comments1 min readEA link
(en.wikipedia.org)

The Fabian so­ciety was weirdly similar to the EA movement

MathiasKB26 Apr 2022 8:23 UTC
67 points
4 comments1 min readEA link

The Mys­tery of the Cuban mis­sile crisis

Nathan_Barnard5 May 2022 22:51 UTC
10 points
4 comments9 min readEA link

Re­quest for pro­pos­als: Help Open Philan­thropy quan­tify biolog­i­cal risk

djbinder12 May 2022 21:28 UTC
127 points
6 comments7 min readEA link

Are you re­ally in a race? The Cau­tion­ary Tales of Szilárd and Ellsberg

HaydnBelfield19 May 2022 8:42 UTC
387 points
36 comments17 min readEA link

[Question] Pro­jects for EA historians

quinn7 Jun 2022 14:48 UTC
10 points
4 comments1 min readEA link

Bruce Kent (1929–2022)

Gavin10 Jun 2022 14:03 UTC
47 points
3 comments2 min readEA link

Will MacAskill: The Begin­ning of History

Zach Stein-Perlman13 Aug 2022 22:45 UTC
36 points
0 comments1 min readEA link
(www.foreignaffairs.com)

The His­tory of AI Rights Research

Jamie_Harris27 Aug 2022 8:14 UTC
41 points
1 comment14 min readEA link
(www.sentienceinstitute.org)

His­to­ries of Value Lock-in and Ide­ol­ogy Critique

clem2 Sep 2022 10:09 UTC
9 points
1 comment31 min readEA link

EA is too fo­cused on the Man­hat­tan Project

trevor15 Sep 2022 2:00 UTC
27 points
0 comments1 min readEA link

[Question] Who are some less-known peo­ple like Petrov?

Lizka6 Sep 2022 13:22 UTC
51 points
19 comments1 min readEA link

The Pug­wash Con­fer­ences and the Anti-Bal­lis­tic Mis­sile Treaty as a case study of Track II diplomacy

rani_martin16 Sep 2022 10:42 UTC
80 points
4 comments25 min readEA link

[Question] Why doesn’t WWOTF men­tion the Bronze Age Col­lapse?

BrownHairedEevee19 Sep 2022 6:29 UTC
16 points
4 comments1 min readEA link

9/​26 is Petrov Day

Lizka25 Sep 2022 23:14 UTC
62 points
10 comments2 min readEA link
(www.lesswrong.com)

The sense of a start

Gavin28 Sep 2022 13:37 UTC
52 points
0 comments5 min readEA link
(www.gleech.org)

[Question] Ex­am­ples of self-gov­er­nance to re­duce tech­nol­ogy risk?

jia25 Sep 2020 13:26 UTC
32 points
1 comment1 min readEA link

Wrong by Induction

Ales_Flidr6 Sep 2018 22:00 UTC
20 points
2 commentsEA link

Reli­gious Texts and EA: What Can We Learn and What Can We In­form?

Tony.Sena30 Jan 2021 12:04 UTC
29 points
11 comments5 min readEA link

The Germy Para­dox – The empty sky: How close did we get to BW us­age?

eukaryote27 Sep 2019 3:56 UTC
22 points
5 comments6 min readEA link
(eukaryotewritesblog.com)

The Germy Para­dox – The empty sky: A his­tory of state biolog­i­cal weapons programs

eukaryote24 Sep 2019 5:26 UTC
24 points
0 comments1 min readEA link
(eukaryotewritesblog.com)

[Question] Which sci­en­tific dis­cov­ery was most ahead of its time?

richard_ngo16 May 2019 12:28 UTC
34 points
17 comments1 min readEA link

Cortés, Pizarro, and Afonso as Prece­dents for Takeover

AI Impacts2 Mar 2020 12:25 UTC
27 points
17 comments11 min readEA link
(aiimpacts.org)

How democ­racy ends: a re­view and reevaluation

richard_ngo24 Nov 2018 17:41 UTC
26 points
2 commentsEA link
(thinkingcomplete.blogspot.com)

[Question] Best time-travel in­ter­ven­tion?

abramdemski27 Oct 2020 14:24 UTC
22 points
3 comments1 min readEA link

[Question] What are some his­tor­i­cal ex­am­ples of peo­ple and or­ga­ni­za­tions who’ve in­fluenced peo­ple to do more good?

Marisa11 Apr 2020 21:44 UTC
8 points
9 comments1 min readEA link

Poverty in De­pres­sion-era England: Ex­cerpts from Or­well’s “Wi­gan Pier”

Aaron Gertler12 Feb 2020 1:01 UTC
16 points
2 comments3 min readEA link

The NPT: Learn­ing from a Longter­mist Suc­cess [Links!]

DannyBressler20 May 2021 0:39 UTC
66 points
6 comments2 min readEA link

[Question] What are some moral catas­tro­phes events in his­tory?

Adriana Arauzo22 Jun 2021 6:37 UTC
29 points
11 comments1 min readEA link

Book re­view: The Dooms­day Machine

LRudL18 Aug 2021 22:15 UTC
21 points
0 comments16 min readEA link
(strataoftheworld.blogspot.com)

Nu­clear Es­pi­onage and AI Governance

GAA4 Oct 2021 18:21 UTC
32 points
3 comments24 min readEA link

Book Re­view: Churchill and Orwell

SammyDMartin10 Oct 2021 11:06 UTC
28 points
0 comments11 min readEA link

Past and Fu­ture Tra­jec­tory Changes

N N28 Mar 2022 20:04 UTC
32 points
5 comments12 min readEA link
(goodoptics.wordpress.com)

The Cult Deficit: Anal­y­sis and Spec­u­la­tion (v2.0)

rogersbacon114 Jun 2022 4:14 UTC
3 points
0 comments14 min readEA link
(rogersbacon.substack.com)

Dialec­tic of Enlightenment

ThomasW15 Jun 2022 4:58 UTC
5 points
1 comment2 min readEA link
(monoskop.org)

My notes on: A Very Ra­tional End of the World | Thomas Moynihan

Vasco Grilo20 Jun 2022 8:50 UTC
12 points
1 comment5 min readEA link

His­tory of the the­ory of well-being

davidhartsough22 Jun 2022 8:17 UTC
21 points
8 comments23 min readEA link

How to Be­come a World His­tor­i­cal Figure (Péladan’s Dream)

rogersbacon17 Jul 2022 22:41 UTC
−5 points
2 comments30 min readEA link

How moral progress hap­pens: the de­cline of foot­bind­ing as a case study

rosehadshar26 Jul 2022 9:18 UTC
91 points
10 comments17 min readEA link

The His­tory, Episte­mol­ogy and Strat­egy of Tech­nolog­i­cal Res­traint, and les­sons for AI (short es­say)

MMMaas10 Aug 2022 11:00 UTC
51 points
3 comments9 min readEA link
(verfassungsblog.de)

[Question] Does any­one have a list of his­tor­i­cal ex­am­ples of so­cieties seek­ing to make things bet­ter for their de­scen­dants?

freedomandutility15 Aug 2022 13:13 UTC
6 points
6 comments1 min readEA link

[Question] Any­one has a refer­ence for “It’s es­ti­mated that abo­li­tion cost Bri­tain 2% of its GDP for 50 years”?

mikbp16 Aug 2022 19:26 UTC
11 points
0 comments1 min readEA link

An­drew Carnegie and Public Libraries: A Model of Effec­tive Altruism

Sue Lyons21 Aug 2022 4:24 UTC
17 points
2 comments3 min readEA link

Who or­dered al­ign­ment’s ap­ple?

Eleni_A28 Aug 2022 14:24 UTC
5 points
0 comments3 min readEA link

[Question] Was cen­tral place food shar­ing the origi­nal effec­tive al­tru­ism?

Lee Cronk27 Aug 2022 8:27 UTC
10 points
1 comment1 min readEA link

Pop­u­lar ed­u­ca­tion in Swe­den: much more than you wanted to know

Henrik Karlsson11 Sep 2022 22:04 UTC
9 points
0 comments10 min readEA link

Im­prov­ing “Im­prov­ing In­sti­tu­tional De­ci­sion-Mak­ing”: A brief his­tory of IIDM

Sophia Brown12 Sep 2022 17:45 UTC
65 points
3 comments11 min readEA link

[Question] Books on so­cial move­ments?

MichelJusten17 Sep 2022 6:27 UTC
8 points
5 comments1 min readEA link

“A Creepy Feel­ing”: Nixon’s De­ci­sion to Disavow Biolog­i­cal Weapons

ThomasW30 Sep 2022 15:17 UTC
39 points
3 comments17 min readEA link