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  1. 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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    • 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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      • How to gain more career capital when you don't work at a reputable organisation

        After uni I did an internship and then worked for a tiny non-profit that was not well run and where I learnt very little - now I'm at a larger international company and my job is fine, but they are far from being a household name and not at the top of their field. I have read your guide on gaining career capital in any job, but it would be great to have a guide on how to "recover" after a series of non-optimal career moves at the beginning of your career, in terms of salary, impact and career satisfaction/progression.

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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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            • 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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              • 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? :)

                • 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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                  • 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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                      • Global Coordination

                        Make a problem profile on improving global coordination

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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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                          • Search engine optimisation

                            When someone googles "should I become a", then 80000 hours should be the first on the list and also be on top as an ad.

                            Similar searches:
                            "how to make an impact"
                            "what should I do with my life"
                            "careers"
                            etc

                            This could easily be done via buying in a recurring SEO service that keeps it at the top.

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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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                              • 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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                                • Noncommunicable disease

                                  Hi there,

                                  Thanks for all the great work and analysis you have been doing at 80000 hours. I was just wondering if you had thought about analysing noncommunicable disease as a 'most urgent global issue', particularly the role of malnutrition (undernutrition and overweight/obesity), which has strong links to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer?

                                  Using your own framework:
                                  -Scale: This is a massive global issue, which affects all countries around the world. The latest Global Nutrition Report has found that malnutrition directly affects 1 in 3 people around the world. Overweight and obesity is projected to increase in all countries worldwide,…

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                                  • Should language skills be a part of career capital?

                                    Versatile and valuable for a life time.

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                                    • 80 000 hours audiobook

                                      More and more of us are listening to books instead of reading them. Could you please record the 80 000 hours book? It would make it accessible to more people. Thank you!

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                                      • hey did you do career review thing or something on Postdoctoral Fellowship or Fellowship programs

                                        I am wondering if there is comprehensive guide or something on Postdoctoral Fellowship or Fellowship program. I hope, many of us would appreciate if you guys do something like career review on Postdoctoral Fellowship or Fellowships. Thank

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                                        • Clarify what you're measuring

                                          It seems like "cost vs. impact" is the main measurement for the effectiveness of a cause, but how are you prioritizing "impact"? (ie: reduced deaths, economic growth, environmental healing).
                                          Specifically, more research has been done on the economics of happiness, and have you been successful in quantifying the impact certain causes have on happiness? Many "first-world" causes (ie: Big Brothers/Big Sisters, foster care, etc.) have more to do with increasing a person's self-worth than health or economic concerns. While these don't rank high in your models (presumably because of the cost of these programs with lower quantifiable results), the personal…

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