EAGxBerlin 2017

How can we use our resources to help others the most? Effective altruism is a philosophy and global movement that combines both the heart and the head. We use evidence and reason to find out how we can best solve global challenges. At this year’s Effective Altruism Global X Berlin (EAGxBerlin), about 300 people – […]

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Update on the future of Sentience Politics

EAF incubated Sentience Politics since its founding in 2014 as a project working on political initiatives for animals and effective animal advocacy research. We believe both sets of activities are highly promising and should be continued. After a comprehensive strategic review, we’ve concluded that the best way to achieve these goals is by establishing two […]

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Save the date: EAGxBerlin 2017

The next EAGxBerlin conference by the Effective Altruism Foundation will take place on the weekend of October 14th and 15th 2017 in Berlin. It will feature speakers from the effective altruism movement as well as professionals and researchers from relevant fields, with about 60% of the program in English, including most keynote presentations. Registration will […]

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The Benefits of Cause-Neutrality

This collection of articles was first published on the website of Sentience Politics. At first glance, farm animal advocacy seems to be the top priority for reducing the suffering of all sentient beings. However, a more detailed analysis suggests that there are several different contenders for ultimate priority: Besides farm animal advocacy, this includes (but […]

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The Importance of the Far Future

This collection of articles was first published on the website of Sentience Politics. Most charities focus their work on helping individuals who already exist, while few charities try to explicitly benefit individuals who will live in the future. Although it is understandable that people empathize primarily with currently existing individuals, this raises fundamental ethical questions: […]

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The Relevance of Wild Animal Suffering

This collection of articles was first published on the website of Sentience Politics. Society has become increasingly aware of the suffering of animals due to human beings. Many will be familiar with the shocking realities of factory farming, or will have seen horrific images of animal testing, neglected and abused pets, the systematic murder of […]

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The Strongest Argument for Veganism

This collection of articles was first published on the website of Sentience Politics. Strong arguments derive their (surprising, counter-intuitive and far-reaching) conclusions from modest premises that everybody accepts. Here’s one such premise: (1) We shouldn’t be cruel to animals, i.e. we shouldn’t harm animals unnecessarily. This principle is common sense, and it’s also contained in […]

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The Case against Speciesism

This collection of articles was first published on the website of Sentience Politics. A full-grown horse or dog is beyond comparison a more rational, as well as a more conversible animal, than an infant of a day, a week or even a month old. But suppose the case were otherwise, what would it avail? The […]

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Our plans for 2017

2016 was quite a year for EAF. We opened our new headquarters in Berlin, grew our team from 13 to over 25 full-time equivalent employees, and expanded our activities into three new continents! Along the way, we celebrated many successes and learned from our mistakes. We’ve taken on quite a lot for 2017, too! Our […]

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Adriano Mannino is leaving the Effective Altruism Foundation

During the last four years, Adriano Mannino helped found and grow the effective altruist movement in the German-speaking area. As a co-founder of the Effective Altruism Foundation (EAF), he was the main creative mind behind many of our activities. For those who worked with him, he is an inspiring colleague and philosopher who introduced them […]

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Why Evolution Has No Goal

Or: Metaphorically, it’s all about gene-copying success How evolutionary biology is being misunderstood The notion that evolution has a goal/purpose is a widespread misconception that comes in several variations. Many people falsely believe that evolution was working towards humans as a final product. But from a biological perspective, there is really no reason to single […]

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Sentience Research Essay Prize 2016

This post was first published on the blog of our project Sentience Politics. Sentience Politics is currently accepting submissions for the first Sentience Essay Prize on “effective strategies to reduce the suffering of all sentient beings.” The winner will be awarded $2,000. Effective altruism asks us to consider the best ways to reduce as much […]

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Chief Technology Officer at effective altruism start-up

We don’t accept any further applications for this position. When time and money are limited, how can we best use our resources to do as much good as possible? We approach this question using rationality and empirical science in order to identify and implement the most effective strategies to alleviate suffering. If you share this […]

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