William MacAskill – What We Owe the Future

The Ezra Klein Show | 9 August 2022 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with William MacAskill about his book What We Owe the Future. Distils the longtermist world view, advocating that we take our responsibility to future generations seriously. Considers how we should weigh the considerations of future generations against those of living people, what we do today that future generations will disdain in the same way we look back on slavery, the “moral weirdos” of our time we should be paying more attention to, and more.

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Earning to Give

Making Sense with Sam Harris | 24 December 2021 | 1h 15m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Sam Bankman-Fried about effective altruism. Discusses how he became the wealthiest self-made billionaire under 30, what might go wrong with cryptocurrency, the Giving What We Can pledge, how he thinks about using his resources to do the most good in the world, how not to stigmatize wealth, wealth redistribution, norms of generosity among the ultra-wealthy, pandemic preparedness, impact through lobbying, how ambitious should we be in doing good, and other topics.

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How to Do the Most Good

The Ezra Klein Show | 5 October 2021 | 1h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Holden Karnofsky. Discusses the evolution of his thinking about how to be most effective with charitable giving, and his role in establishing GiveWell and Open Philanthropy. Covers ground from climate change to animal welfare to evaluating charities to artificial intelligence to the hard limits of economic growth to trying to view the world as if you were a billion years old.

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Russ Roberts on Whether it’s More Effective to Help Strangers, or People You Know

80,000 Hours Podcast with Rob Wiblin | 3 November 2020 | 1h 49m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Russ Roberts about charity, the reliability of data to inform decision-making, and utilitarianism. Discusses effective altruism in light of the limited data and uncertainties.

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Larissa MacFarquhar on Getting Inside Someone’s Head

Conversations with Tyler | 16 January 2019 | 1h 00m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Larissa MacFarquhar about the thinking and thinkers behind her profiles, essays, and books, including notions of moral luck, who stays in small towns and why, effective altruism, why she avoids describing physical appearances in her writing, the circumstances that push humans to live more extraordinary lives, and more.

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Liv Boeree on Poker, Aliens, and Thinking in Probabilities

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 23 July 2018 | 1h 10m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Liv Boeree, professional poker player and founder of Raising for Effective Giving, which has raised millions (largely from fellow poker players) for good causes. Ground covered includes game theory in poker and life, Bayesian analysis, the application of probabilities to the Fermi paradox, morality, and Effective Altruism.

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How to Save a Stranger’s Life

Future Perfect | 15 October 2018 | 0h 21m | Listen Later  | iTunes
An introduction to Effective Altruism, the movement to make charitable giving more effective, illustrated with a story of donating a kidney to a stranger.

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