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  1. How can less intelligent people contribute?

    Most of your career advice is geared toward people who want to pursue advanced degrees in various disciplines. But effective altruism can be an attractive idea even to less intelligent people, to people who don’t function well within academia, or to any type of person who can’t pursue an advanced degree (including those too poor to afford one). What are the most important career paths for people with average or below-average intelligence? What are the most important career paths for intelligent people who aren’t able to perform well in a traditional academic environment? Career advice geared toward such people could…

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    • Prayer is a highly effective way to change our world. Research here is neglected. I so wish this was an area of consideration!

      Fund highly effective prayer studies with input from people highly skilled in prayer along with scientists who are open-minded to creatively work with interfaith communities to design these studies. The impact of prayer on world problems is a needed area of study that needs funding--the most effective types of prayer especially. Your consideration is appreciated.

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      • Consider adding cyber attacks on your list of global issues

        Cyber warfare has the potential to destroy our most critical infrastructures. White hat hackers have already demonstrated how easy it would be to shut down our power grid, destabilize nuclear power plants, and steal sensitive government intelligence. I haven't done enough research myself to accurately graph the scale, solvability, and neglectedness, but if I had to estimate, I would say scale is at 12, neglectedness at 7, and solvability at 8

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        • Anthropology phd

          Please consider doing an evaluation of pursuing a phd in anthropology and whether its recommended or not. What impacts and prospects it has in which areas.

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              • Broken link

                In this frequently cited article, https://80000hours.org/career-guide/reports/management-consulting/, the link "WetFeet guide to Management Consulting" is broken.

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                • Potential typo on https://80000hours.org/career-guide/introduction/

                  In paragraph 3:

                  'To answer this question, we set up an independent non-profit and did over five years alongside Oxford academics. Our only aim is to help you have the greatest possible positive impact.'

                  You may have intended 'did over five years of research alongside...'

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                  • Discuss empathy and how it is literally imagining looking through other people's eyes and how it relates to that.

                    Empathy.
                    Looking through other people's eyes. Really looking through your own. How this is the truest and most intense form of empathy and the strongest guide...

                    Also is there research on empathy/ on how everybodies conciousnesses are the same or research that relates to the level of conciousness that everybody has? Cuz if there is then u have evidence that empathy is important and everybody is equal and we should make a world where nobody should suffer.

                    Please and thank you

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                    • Algorithms dominating financial markets: neglected risk with (potentially) large impact

                      Today, financial markets are dominated by algorithms: computer programs buying and selling financial products in a fraction of a second. Next to very real risks to the financial markets such as flash crashes (relatively frequently covered in the financial media), this raises a more fundamental issue: do prices of financial products still make sense?

                      Or to put it differently: if 70%-80% of the shares of companies (think Shell, Unilever, Apple etc.) are bought and sold by computer programs that only react to the actions of other market participants (think: if someone buys x stocks, then algorithm buys y stocks; if…

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                      • Systemic Racism, Voting, and Education

                        You correctly discuss the global impact of voting, however you do not discuss shaping responsible voters. The votes of citizens in powerful nations have implications for people all over the world. In the USA the power of 36% of the population ushered in an administration which has had devastating consequences for migrants, refugees, and some of the poorest and most disadvantaged globally. Systemic racism continues to devastate the USA and played an enormous role in the 2016 election, as well as continued support for harmful policies. Systemic racism renders much of the population unable and unwilling to help people in…

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                        • Native advertising

                          Hello! I am a Media Business Analyst at Qwertize and I noticed that you do not have native advertising. It brings additional quality content to your website that looks completely native to the configuration. It increases digital advertising revenues by attracting more viewers to your page!

                          Looking forward to hearing from you!

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                          • Verification of links and update of research

                            I have noticed that a few of the links provided on the career guide do not actually work, I advise for all of them to be checked as it appears that some of the original articles have been moved to new addresses.

                            Another suggestion is to update the articles on the website in general (and the statistics mentioned). I noticed that many were written in 2016, which is recent, but I think many could benefit and be even more convincing if they were updated with the newest statistics (or maybe new research is necessary).

                            It also seems that the feedback…

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                            • Providing a Nutrition Guide

                              Providing a guide how to nourish to be most productive. And how to avoid the most common risks by serious dideases.

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                              • Jobs board

                                Can you put in search filters for the jobs board? If I'm only interested in South or England based health/biorisk/development roles at a certain level then it would be great to regularly get emails or check for these in the same way that many other niche recruitment advertisers offer

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                                • Target audience

                                  So you're use of examples such as UK specifics are great for a UK citizen like myself, but your target audience can be a little off sometimes. It often seems as though you're focusing on people who already have large amounts of career capital and can move easily, or those who have significant earnings already, not those at the start of their careers. You often tout most people as earning $40,000 a year, this is pure nonsense for most graduates in the UK. A lot of us (i don't know the figures) end up in menial entry-level jobs, if we…

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                                  • fix broken download links for 80000 hours book

                                    The download-link for the 80k hours book at http://book.80000hours.org/download/xfFwjmU) is broken. Context: This is the link which is sent via mail as a consequence of filling in https://80000hours.org/gift.

                                    where can I find a working link to forward to friends?
                                    Thanks!

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                                    • Congress can mandate labor union cert/recert elections at every private workplace

                                      Biggest US neglected problem: 80% of US workforce are “price takers” not “price negotiators” — due to near total de-unionization (down to 6% in private economy).

                                      Easy solution: our coming blue wave Congress needs to mandate union certification and re-certification elections at every private workplace; every one, three or five years, plurality rules on the latter.
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                                      Why Not Hold Union Representation Elections on a Regular Schedule? Andrew Strom — November 1st, 2017 https://onlabor.org/why-not-hold-union-representation-elections-on-a-regular-schedule/

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                                      • Hey guys have you thought about doing a problem profile on global financial stability? Existential risks of another world-wide recession?

                                        Hey guys have you thought about doing a problem profile on global financial stability? Existential risks of another world-wide recession?

                                        Love 80,0000 hours thanks for all the content!

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                                        • Expand to France !

                                          You should definitely expand your public to European countries, translate your research, and build partnerships with meaningful companies you might have identified.

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