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  1. Automation

    Automation of professions seems like a big thing. You have one blog post covering it well, but otherwise, the implications don't seem fully integrated into your advice. Most recommended earning to give paths appear affected. More attention seems due on this topic.

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    • Get annotate-able texts!

      So you have so many inspiring things on here. People want to comment, ask questions and interact with the text. Furthermore it would be possible to open up the texts meta-level which allows more mind broadening.

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      • Career quiz: Qualify what "good at math" means

        It seems that the way people answer this question may reflect their education backgrounds, gendered /racial social conditioning etc. more than any genuine ability to learn math/science/logic. For instance, its pretty established within psychological literature that men tend to be more confident in their abilities to perform tasks than women (http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/edu/86/1/114/) and that people in general tend to be overconfident about their ability to perform tasks.

        I think it would be helpful to add a small qualifier either explaining what "good at math, science and logic" means, or providing some metric with which to gauge one's past ability…

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        • Critical Feedback

          Hi, First of all loved the journey from my first article, I think I've closely read about everything & followed steps like you guys have said. Truly life changing. I'm a Entrepreneur, product developer & designer & I would like to give some feedback which can hopefully improve the user experience & value

          1. there is too much emphasis on giving and donating in the start when I start to question what is this again a career guide or a life guide. with every product/service people wait for the Aha! moment like in facebook the first time you signed up…

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          • Please add a wider variety of careers.

            Would prefer more breadth than depth, if you don't have the resources for both. Include international careers like Humanitarian Aid, International Organizations, International Development Banks, International NGOs. Include career starters like Peace Corps, Americorps, Teach for America, etc. (and you can discuss the problematic aspects of those programs too). Government bureaucracy, different types of journalism, advocacy, community organizing, direct action and activism. Prison reform, school reform, teaching. CSR, sustainable business practice, sustainable building, various sciences related to environmental preservation, agricultural science. There are a ton of careers out there even within a very narrow definition of social impact. If you…

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            • American Law School Student Paths

              In America, getting involved in public policy, politics, or government frequently requires or nearly requires a law degree (usually from a prestigious university). A hoard of well-qualified students choose this path each year. While it may be well-trod, there isn't a lot of EA or 80,000 Hours specific advice on how best to navigate going into the public sector. Party politics is one thing and has more readily available advice. But 80,000 Hours offers no American advice similar to the Fast Stream UK approach for civil service. I think there is an eager hoard of future lawyers who would be…

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              • Improve Factory Farming Page

                I've noticed that factory farming ranks very high on the list of problems, and I definitely agree that it should be where it is, if not higher. However, it only touches on one aspect of factory farming, ignoring some of its worst effects. For example, the factory farming page does not mention the impact on global warming, deforestation, other environmental issues, factory farm workers, and much, much more. The page should be updated with info on all of this, not just the abused animals (though that is extremely important as well).

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                • Add Trauma to problem profiles.

                  Adverse childhood experiences (ACE) impact health as well as behavior to such a degree that a high ACE score can shorten life for up to 20 years. The economic toll estimated is $124 billion. The effects of trauma on society are huge and complex: intergenerational circles of violence, associations with political extremism, addiction, etc. Parenting and anti-violence trainings, advocacy, financial support as well as mental health services need to be tested in their efficacy for preventing ACEs from happening, as well as reducing their impact. more info: http://vetoviolence.cdc.gov/apps/aces/

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                  • Is happiness in the eye of the beholder?

                    Hello!
                    Thank you so much for your work!
                    I have one wish:
                    Could you please address in your research and guidance the tension between objective and subjective happiness?
                    From a pure economic point of view, I agree with your attitude and analysis of where it is best to put our effort and resources. However, I believe that happiness has quite a bit to do with one's psychological state of mind, point of view and perception of "reality", rather than with the "objective" conditions of their "reality".
                    Surely one's basic needs have to be fulfilled in order for them to be…

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                    • Put more females on the 80,000 hours team.

                      I'm a male, but I recognize that there's a lack of female writers for 80,000 hours. A lot of the careers mentioned in the guide are male-dominated fields, and it would be helpful to have advice for females on how to progress through such fields, such as by providing links to strong female STEM organizations that can provide community and connections.

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                      • Taking into account career stalling

                        I think an interesting topic to discuss would be the facts and implications of career stalling - people finding that they cannot easily progress past a certain point in their career. For example, the "Peter principle" suggests that people are promoted to their "level of incompetence" and then fail to be effective or move up the career ladder. It would be interesting to know if there is much research showing whether this is true, and if it is how long it typically takes to happen, or what other reasons there can be for careers to stall. Also, it may have…

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                        • The "Gap yah" page and video doesn't resonate with non-UK people

                          Hi, I'm someone from the USA, and when I saw the "gap yah" video and read the guide web page that had it, I did not understand the humor at all, and because I was confused I found it off-putting or misaligned with the professionalism of the 80000 hours site. Please do something to change it so that people from other parts of the USA understand your message.

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                          • 3 votes
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                            • Podcast addict (android version) shows error while streaming or downloading episodes

                              It shows error:The server hosting the podcast (feedproxy.gogle.com) is refusing to respond to the request.. I know I can access it on soundcloud, but it will be great if you can fix this.

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                                I’d like to fix this ASAP. Can you give me more information – is this still happening? What app are you using so I can try to replicate? What is the exact feed address that is refusing to respond? :)

                              • How he could change his career.

                                I know a man that changed his career and he has big impact even 30 years after his Death in two countries.first he was a scientist but....

                                when he was young....
                                "He was coming back with his mother. There was a poor person who had no warm clothes, trembling on the street corner. It was a cold winter, and he was empty-handed. In the morning, Mostafa became severely ill. The night before, he could not bring himself to sleep at home in a warm bed"
                                Mostafa Chamran

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                                • Stories of exploration

                                  I feel that exploration is one of the most hard to internalize pieces of advice and can be a tough bullet to bite. The natural inclination for most people is to stick with familiar things and go for the option that is most prestigious.

                                  I think that reading some stories of people who've benefitted from exploration would be helpful for overcoming this.

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                                  • Please modify or delete the heading that appears every time you move up when reading a blog post.

                                    Perhaps most people don't read like me, but I often move up to re-read something etc, and it's annoying to have that appear each time.

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                                    • 3 votes
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                                      • Add agronomist to career options

                                        Nobel Peace Prize winner Norman Borlaug is considered to have saved more lives than any other person in history by developing wheat varieties for impoverished countries. More innovations are needed in agronomy, especially for Africa. GMO crops also benefit the environment by allowing farmers to produce more food on less land with less pesticides.

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                                        • Should language skills be a part of career capital?

                                          Versatile and valuable for a life time.

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