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Effective Altruism



I have mentioned Effective altruism before and now I'm about to join an association through my university that will also include me in the official movement where effective altruists attempt to find new and effective ways to do the most good possible. Peter Singer is one philosopher you can listen to if you want to know more:

or you can read about Effective altruism in general.


Charities are naturally good, but Effective altruism is possibly better because: 'Effective altruism is a philosophy and social movement that advocates using evidence and reasoning to determine the most effective ways to benefit others. Altruism refers to improving the lives of others—as opposed to egoism, which emphasizes only self-interest. Effectiveness refers to doing the most good with whatever resources are available—as opposed to only doing some amount of good—as well as determining what is the most good by using evidence and reasoning—as opposed to only doing what feels good or appears intuitively appealing.' Source.


The most impressive moment during that video for me is when Peter Singer talks about one effective altruist who in stead of going in to study so that he could work for a charity like for example Amnesty, wanting to improve the world, he instead went into a profession where he knew he would make a lot more money and then donated almost all of that money every month and lived a modest life. Because he'd calculated that he would do more good in this way.


Anyway, so that's exciting. I hope I make some friends, either way this is way better than my first attempt and the best part is not being alone. I guess that Effective altruism beat me to it and did a better job than me as well, but that's not the point, the point is the goal.




This is the official website for the movement in Norway:

https://www.effektivaltruisme.no/

if you're interested.


Ttyl,

Nina