About Effective Altruism
the key ideas in 11 minutes:
Our guiding principles
Our efforts are guided by the following core principles:
Commitment to others
Global compassion: people have equal intrinsic value regardless of the circumstances of their birth, and animals’ lives have value, too.
Outcome-oriented: striving to act to the biggest benefit of all.
Scientific mindset: systematically gathering knowledge and acting based on the soundest available reasoning, methods and facts about the world.
Intellectual humility: scrutinizing one’s own limits to understanding. Being aware of biases, assumptions, reasoning, and implications.
Openness to being wrong, different worldviews and trajectory changes.
Cause-impartiality: striving to always contribute where it creates most value by correcting course upon new information.
Integrity: being honest and consistent to build the trust and epistemic standards that scientific communities need to succeed long-term.
Transparency: documenting and openly sharing conclusions, reasoning, challenges, and mistakes.
Collaborative spirit: great results can come from many small groups who embody the above principles. We encourage such groups to cooperate.
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