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The Open Philanthropy Project recently announced a grant to CFAR a grant for $1,035,000 across the next two years, earmarked toward a combination of improving our organizational competence, providing scholarships for promising effective altruists and similar folk to attend CFAR workshops, and assisting with SPARC and EuroSPARC. We very much appreciate the grant, and we

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A useful post from CFAR co-founder Andrew Critch’s personal blog describes how to get the most out of graduate school — especially if you want to maximize your positive impact on the world. Sample tip (this is 1 of 8): Find a flexible program. PhD programs in mathematics, statistics, philosophy, and theoretical computer science tend

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Is it my imagination, or is there something about being in windswept landscapes — especially by the water — that makes it so much easier to come up with new insights? Last month over 100 CFAR alumni from around the world converged on Asilomar State Beach, on the edge of Northern California, for our second

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Bayes’ Rule is a theorem from probability theory about how to adjust your confidence in your beliefs, as you learn new information. It’s often featured in CFAR workshops. In a recent video blog, Julia uses animations to explain how Bayes’ Rule works, and how she uses it in her everyday reasoning and decision making:

We spend a fair amount of time at CFAR workshops tackling “bugs” in our daily lives. But does learning to solve small problems really make a big difference? Recent CFAR alum and Oxford student, Ben Albert Pace, posted this thoughtful discussion of the “debugging” mindset on his personal blog. Excerpt below; read the whole thing

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