Effective Altruism Resources



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Introductory videos

Peter Singer - The why and how of effective altruism

Will MacAskill - Want to make a difference? Don't Work for a Charity

Will MacAskill and Giles Fraser - A Better Way to Lead an Ethical Life

Will MacAskill - What are the most important moral problems of our time?


Introductory Articles

The Drowning Child and the Expanding Circle

Why Farmed Animals?

Preventing Human Extinction


Introductory books

Those that are marked with an asterix* are available to borrow for free from EA Oxford. Get in touch through info.eaoxford@gmail.com.


-Doing Good Better* by Will McAskill

A good introductory book about general effective altruism ideas, showing how you can have a large impact using fewer resources than you might have first thought.


-The Life You Can Save by Peter Singer

A book outlining how extreme poverty could be drastically reduced if a change in thinking were adopted, and how you can play your part in reducing this poverty.


-The Most Good You Can Do by Peter Singer

Introduction to the ideas surrounding Effective Altruism and how you can use them to make the world a better place.


Less introductory books

-Reasons and Persons by Derek Parfit A more advanced discussion about morality, personal identity, and rationality.


-Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies* by Nick Bostrom

Superintelligence asks the questions: What happens when machines surpass humans in general intelligence? Will artificial agents save or destroy us? Nick Bostrom lays the foundation for understanding the future of humanity and intelligent life.


-Animal Liberation by Peter Singer Considered the founding text of the animal liberation movement, in this book Singer introduces the concept of speciesism, and argues that the interests of animals should be considered because of their ability to experience suffering.


-Rationality: From AI to Zombies by Eliezer Yudkowsky An ebook containing six books worth of essays on the science and philosophy of human rationality, including existential risk and cognitive bias.


-Thinking, Fast and Slow* by Daniel Kahneman

A book discussing how we make decisions, and how our brains can often be tripped up by errors even when we think we are being logical.