Apr 9, 2019
This episode features:
-What proportion of effective altruists decrease their involvement over time?
-Why do people decrease their involvement with effective altruism?
-Why effective altruist values are particularly vulnerable to drift
-Should you expect your values to get better or worse over time?
-Should you try to prevent value drift?
-How you can use nudges and commitment devices to prevent value drift
-How the “foot-in-the-door” phenomenon might push you towards doing good now, even if your impact is small
-Should you choose effective altruist projects based on selfish considerations?
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Check This Rec:
Wrangham, R. (2019). The Goodness Paradox: The Strange Relationship Between Virtue and Violence in Human Evolution. Pantheon.