About the show

Effective Altruism: An Introduction is a collection of ten top episodes of The 80,000 Hours Podcast, specifically selected to help listeners quickly get up to speed on the school of thought known as effective altruism.

They cover:

  • What effective altruism is — the use of evidence and careful analysis to do as much good as possible
  • The strategies for improving the world that are most popular within the effective altruism community, and why they’re popular
  • The key disagreements between researchers in the field
  • How to ‘think like an effective altruist’
  • How you might figure out how to make your biggest contribution to solving the world’s most pressing problems

The selection leans towards a longtermist perspective, which is to say it focuses on how to build a better world not just for those of us alive today, but for all beings over the very long-term.

The selection is ideal for people who are completely new to the effective altruist way of thinking, as well as those who are familiar with effective altruism but new to The 80,000 Hours Podcast.

The full show has over 90 interviews that dive deep into a wide range of important topics.

But we suggest listening to these ten first. Together they’ll give you the most essential information you need about some of the world’s most pressing problems, and how to work out how to do the most good.

Feedback from listeners

The frontier questions in philosophy were explained really well so that a non-philosopher like myself could understand them.

This is probably my favourite episode yet.

On episode eight with Hilary Greaves

This was an exceptional episode! … I’m personally pretty sympathetic to longtermism, but it was great to have a clear and intelligent defence of the alternative.

On episode three with Alexander Berger

Bayesian thinking is one of those things I hear about and keep thinking I need to learn more and practice, but don’t.

Spencer made it accessible…

On episode four with Spencer Greenberg

This might have been one of the best episodes I have heard so far. Ayeja’s analytical skill to juggle different worldviews and lines of arguments is amazing.

And Rob’s questions guide the listener nicely through the different lines of thoughts.

On episode six with Ajeya Cotra

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