10 Key Questions to Ask In Order To Become An Effective Altruist

A social movement dedicated to doing the most good,

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The term effective altruism is not just a concept, It is am actual social movement Effective altruism is a way of thinking that advocates using facts and reasoning to determine the most EEPPSA (effective, efficient, precise, productive, and self-aware) ways to serve and 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 reasoning and evidence — as opposed to only doing what appears intuitively appealing or feels good.

People who embrace effective altruism are often called effective altruists. Many effective altruists have focused on intentional living, collaborative prepperism, lifehacking, cheapskate philanthropy, and the nonprofit sector. Yet, the philosophy of effective altruism applies more broadly to prioritizing policy initiatives, organizations, scientific projects, and companies. Many effective altruists use analytics to estimate what actions will, help people, save lives or otherwise have the biggest benefit for the largest number of people.

Activist Philosophers have played an important role in creating effective altruism, and much of the published literature about effective altruism presents philosophical questions about why and how to use reasoning and evidence to isolate and define the most effective ways to benefit others.

Once these questions have been framed the next step is to determine the most EEPPSA answers to those questions so that people can create strategies and tactics on the basis of those answers.

These questions shift the starting point of reasoning from the traditional way of thinking “what to do”, and moves the conversation to another level “why and how to do it?”

The “guiding question” of effective altruism is: How can we, individually, collaboratively, and collectively, make the greatest difference? Once we go down this path, the important questions necessary to move the process forward quickly unfold including: “What counts as ‘the most good’?”

1. “How can I do the most good, given what others are likely to do?

2. “Does everyone’s suffering count equally?”

3. “Does ‘the most good you can do’ mean that it is wrong to give priority to one’s own children?”

4. “What about other values, like justice freedom equality and knowledge?

5. “Can everyone practice effective altruism?”

6. Is it better to think of effective altruism “as an ‘opportunity’ or an ‘obligation’?”

7. “What if one’s act reduces suffering, but to do so one must lie or harm an innocent person?”

8. Do “the ends justify the means?

9. “What would have happened otherwise?”

10. “What are the chances of success, and how good would success be?”


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