Reflecting on my past year as a Global Health Corps fellow, I wanted to talk a bit about identity, ideology, and social change. Although this is my personal narrative, I believe that shrinking our identity and moving past ideology as much as one can are key steps to maximizing the positive impact that we have on the world.
Linch: I know you are doing all of this despite having chronic pain related to overuse of computers. If you’re comfortable
I guess I'll just have to wait for his response. Singer's most famous analogy is that of the drowning child. Suppose you
How many philosophers does it take to change a light bulb? It depends on how you define change.
What is needed to convert warm glow givers to a more effective philanthropy is not a obliteration of their primary impetus to give, but an enhancement in understanding of what their gifts can accomplish when applied thoughtfully.
TLYCS: You'll be kicking a football--what we Americans call a soccer ball--along the entire distance of your trek. What was
Some philosophical questions are genuinely difficult, and yet working on them can be important (see my earlier example of Derek Parfit's work on population ethics in Reasons and Persons, Part IV). Reasonably bright people can understand Parfit's work on these issues, but not without putting in some work.
Here are a few of my thoughts on some of the topics we discussed: Altruism is the wish to benefit others. So if you want
This week's New York Times Magazine contains a short, but brilliantly provocative piece by "On Money" writer, Adam Davidson, titled "Saving the World, Startup-Style." The issue is important because roughly one billion men, women and children live in dire poverty on less than a dollar a day.
If Peter Singer has his way, that is the future of altruism. "PSI is proud to be among a small number of organizations Peter
I can't understand why so many people who oppose abortion also oppose making contraceptives available to reduce the number of abortions. So why am I cautiously optimistic about the recent ruling by Federal Judge Richard J. Leon in favor of the anti-choice organization.
William MacAskill is that rare creature: a true visionary and iconoclast, a bright rising star in the too often stodgy field of philanthropy. Like many people in the Effective Altruism movement, I anticipated this week's release of MacAskill's book Doing Good Better: How Effective Altruism Can Help You Make a Difference.
LONDON, July 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Investment banking doesn't rank highly on most people's lists of ethical career
Whenever I find myself giving in to temptation too frequently, I revisit the original sources that led me to my commitment.