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I want to make the world a better place, and I want to do this in the most effective way possible. This way of thinking is known as effective altruism.

I write here about my thoughts about the most effective ways to improve the world - including global poverty, non-human animal suffering, existential risk reduction.

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Effective Altruism

Effective altruism is an area of practical moral philosophy that extends the ideas of altruism, i.e. selflessly doing good things for other people, to determine, through evidence and reason, the most good you can do for other people. It combines both philosophy and the scientific method to determine the most effective way for an individual to improve the world and gives compelling reasoning to incorporate this into their lifestyle.

Charity ain’t giving people what you wants to give, It’s giving people what they need to get.

Terry Pratchett, Hogfather.

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