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  1. Cognitive Tools, Logic, and Words

    It may be a good idea to look into Jungian psychology (scientific or not), moral psychology, mental models, mindsets, and emotional intelligence. It seems greater attention needs to be paid to words and logic in both psychology and philosophy in some of your work to avoid building on a faulty base.

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  2. Potential misunderstanding of the scientific method

    There may be a misunderstanding of the scientific method with scientific articles seemingly being trusted blindly. An individual's perception of reality is subjective, including individuals involved in an objective process. Furthermore, no organization is immune to corruption, including scientific organizations. While the scientific method is important, it can't be fully utilized at the individual level, and individuals are the ones who read scientific journals.

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  3. Potential bias in some conclusions

    You may have overlooked some crucial aspects about the hiring process and career capital, looking at what they are on paper but neglecting what they are in practice. This seems to be a reoccurring theme. An excessive amount of importance also seems to be put on academic or scientific prestige too and a misunderstanding of it.

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  4. Please do a podcast episode about how to decide if academia is right for you.

    I have noticed that several of your podcast touch on this important topic, particularly asking academics about it. However, the academics often avoid the question. Perhaps you can collect all of these together into one podcast on the topic or find a interviewee to discuss it in detail. Best Tim.

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  5. "Do One Better" podcast by Alberto Lidji; interviews with people at non-profits practicing EA

    I recommend checking out the "Do One Better" podcast for people in the non-profit space practicing EA. For example this podcast from Craig Silverstein (Google's first employee) and Mary Obelnicki on establishing their charitable org, Echidna which is focused on girl's education in the developing world. Here's an excerpt which I found particularly insightful:

    "one of the biggest takeaways from working in the developing world is to really think about the privilege of ‘access’ that wealthy organisations and wealthy communities have. And, as a philanthropist, who has access to you to make the ask easiest. It’s their friends and their…

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  7. Promote "Hypothes.is" conversations on the podcast transcripts to get an interesting dialogue going

    A good way to have an open dialogue on the concepts discussed in the podcast:

    The Hypothes.is tool and browser plugin allows you to comment and share comments directly on any page, referring to specific text on the page (and loads of cool features).

    (I've no stake in the nonprofit Hypothes.is group, I just think it's a great tool.)

    As an example I started a conversation on the Chalmers podcast transcript https://t.co/osJmCAsQig?amp=1. I tagged all my comments with "80kdiscussions" so you can look these all up here: https://hypothes.is/users/daaronr?q=tag%3A80kdiscussions

    Can you promote this to users and on Twitter? I think…

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  8. Add a sustainability focus on your job board

    Hello! I would love to see more of an environmental focus on some of your job postings, including a sustainability section of your dropdown menu. Climate change is one of the most challenging issues that our society faces today, and I think 80,000 Hours could have an impact on this issue by promoting job opportunities that deal with climate change or other environmental issues (such as resource depletion, pollution, conservation, invasive species, ecological restoration, social corporate responsibility, ect.). I'm currently doing my masters in Sustainability, and it is a rapidly changing space with a lot of innovation, creativity, and job…

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  9. Career Review: Corporate Philanthropy

    Career Review: Corporate Philanthropy - I would love to see a write up in the career reviews section of the role of those of us in corporate philanthropy, social impact, sustainability, CSR - lots of terms of how to use corporate resources for good. Obviously it would vary across industry and company - Greenwashing Oil companies v Patagonia - but it seems like a good addition. Thanks!

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  10. Ideas for less competent people

    I would love to use my career for good but I'm not competent enough to do most of the jobs suggested by 80,000 Hours. What do I do?

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  11. Protection of democracy as an urgent global problem

    Without freedom of speech a project such 80,000 Hours would not be possible. Academics, researchers and other thinkers have limited influence in a democratic system; in an autocratic system they may have zero influence. For example, academics and researchers may decide that a certain policy towards AI is the safest policy, but they still need to convince legislators to implement that policy. In a democratic system that is already difficult, where legislators are more concerned with vote-winning near-sighted policies. But in an autocratic system academics and researchers may not be free to express their concerns, let alone influence government policy.

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  12. Publicize and write an article about the benefits of distributed computation and how it can be used to make the world better

    Folding@home is a distributed computation model employed by medical science researching, and its namesake is a reference to the folding of proteins, which is a biological process involved in the creation of proteins in their final, 3D state.

    Running it during work, or during idle is an option, and you can kill the mining whenever you'd like. If people spent one day a week incurring this additional load on their computer, there could be a lot of research done in this area.

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  13. Podcast: adjust speech speed to that of guest so playback speed can be regulated better.

    Rob Wiblin recommends using playback effects to adjust the listening speed for effective podcast listening. Great advice but his podcast is usually the one podcast where this is hardest to do because he usually speaks much faster than the guest. That makes speeding up an episode hard because Rob becomes hard to follow when the guest's speed is set for the perfect focus level.
    I understand that Rob slowing down his speech will make episodes longer, but the ability to regulate the speed will make for better understanding and save some time again (provided you increase listening speed).

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  14. Provide a standard (client-neutral) podcast feed

    The podcast page <https://80000hours.org/podcast/> provides links to listen through spotify, apple, etcetera, but it lacks a standard, vendor-neutral feed. Pretty much every other podcast has an RSS/Atom-based feed, so people can use any client they like.

    Depending on how you currently create your podcast, such a feed might already be generated, but simply not linked to on the website?

    Note the website does have an RSS feed, but it appears to only present the episodes as blog posts, so podcast apps (e.g. AntennaPod) do not know how to obtain the audio files.

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  15. Potential Problems to Research

    Fixing globalization, switching from fossil fuels to nuclear energy (with proper regulation), and changing the model of mainstream medicine to Good Medicine (advocated by Dr. Frank Lipman) seem to be worth researching. They could have an enormously large positive impact as can the tax on the world’s wealthiest people for the world’s poorest people proposed by Bill Gates.

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  16. Give serious consideration to the recent UN 2019 report on climate change.

    I think it reveals the issue to be more pressing than 80,000 Hours currently suggests. In fact, it makes me really doubt the validity of a lot of the website's content because an apocalypse seems imminent to me.

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  18. Is program evaluation a high impact career path?

    I'd be interested in reading your perspective

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  19. Matthew Legge - Are We Done Fighting?

    I'd love to see a podcast with Matthew Legge - author of the little-known book 'Are We Done Fighting?'. I'm no expert but it seems to me that working towards a culture which better enables one to discuss ideas and explain one's own opinions effectively to those who disagree, appreciate the viewpoints of those on the other side of the political spectrum, become familiar with one's own cognitive biases, and to change one's mind, would be a huge contributor to reducing existential risks and speeding the progress and application of humanist ideas. This is the topic of Matthew's book and…

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  20. Benefits of developing self replicating technology exceeds all other possibilities.

    If it takes 10 years of high investment to develop a set of machines that can duplicate itself and deliver a large and increasing set of goods and services ( from mining to manufacture to delivery) and it takes 2 weeks to produce a copy, then within 2 further years, there can be one for every person. That outcome exceeds anything else.
    It ends poverty (every person has automated systems to create whatever they responsibly choose).
    It allows solutions to climate change (at several different levels - putting one such machine on the moon allows us to develop space technology…

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