>In the case of C. elegans, despite being a widely studied animal, evidence of their being conscious is weak and their behavioral reactions are simple and highly stereotyped.
What do you mean by simple? Having nociceptors is a good indicator of pain, right? Surely more than a 1% chance, that just seems like crazy overconfidence.
That’s true, but barring some huge change in the exact way capitalism works, I doubt it will ever happen.
>Leverage: It seems empirically evident to me that meta EA activity is influencing both the amount and the direction of funding at a ratio of at least £10 influenced £1 inputted.
How? Skimming through the page I see no evidence of that, it’s literally just a random hypothetical that they throw out.
I know I’m like 1 year late, but do you have the raw data still?
I would expect the number of ea-but-dont-know-about-ea people to be pretty high actually. Givewell received $42 million last year from people who gave $1 million or less, if each person gave $5000 (which I think is a generous amount), that’s 8400 donors compared to the 3,500 that took the EA survey last year. Of course that could just be cause most people don’t like taking surveys, but I would expect that to be countered by a lower average donation amount. In contrast, taking the median estimate of $750 in the last survey, it looks like we have 56,000 self-reported EAs (or at least Givewell EAs), that seems kinds high to me.
Great news for the animals suffering :)
Even at worst that’s still 4 years of suffering averted per $, insane cost-effectiveness.
Hm, my intuition goes the other way. I would assume being in a relationship increases your chances of convincing your gf/wife to donate at least a little, perhaps 10%, to your choice charity. I’ve never been in a relationship though so who knows.
Interestingly the EA wikipedia page gets an average of 9000 pageviews a month. Curious where most of these people first hear about it before googling, maybe Doing Good Better?
Where would starvation fall under in the juvenile mortality pie chart? Or is that something r-selected species don’t typically go through.
Fantastic post, I’ll be looking forward to the next one about insects as a cause area. I suggest researching the effects of buying beef to reduce springtail and nematode populations on grazing lands. See this post and this one as well. I could also pm you my spreadsheet that tried to compare it to other causes to give you a starting point.
Watching cricket makes you a better altruist
Off-topic but what do broiler chicken campaigns look like typically? I know for hens it’s cage-free, is it just more space per chicken for broilers?
If you make the definition of EA “anyone who donates to an EA charity” then the movement is much bigger, there’s more than 20K people in the world donating to effective charities. The Humane League alone has 1.1M followers on facebook, assuming only 200K of those donate, that’s still the same as the double every year number. I’d say anyone that donates would be considered an EA in my book, even if they don’t self-identify as one.
I think it’s cause of the cheese line. Most of us here are vegans and we don’t like hearing that kind of thing.