EPISODE #5-Doing good better

Billy Ray Taylor joins the podcast to discuss Doing Good Better by William MacAskill and drink Lagavulin 16 Scotch. Topics include: Effective Altruism, moral philosophy, problems of loyalty, leadership organizations, and how to make the world better.

Show notes

0:00 - Introduction of episode, book, guest, and booze

https://www.givewell.org/

https://www.thelifeyoucansave.org/

https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/

 

0:00:00 - Introduction

https://concepts.effectivealtruism.org/concepts/

https://www.amazon.com/Doing-Good-Better-Effective-Altruism/dp/1592409660/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_14_t_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=X0ZFH4Z3QC89F618B0YD

Peter Singer on Effective Altruism: https://www.ted.com/talks/peter_singer_the_why_and_how_of_effective_altruism

Doing Good Better’s author William MacAskill on Joe Rogan -  https://youtu.be/buyBzK5yM-s

0:03:02 - Episode dedication

0:04:09 - Billy Ray Taylor and Lagavulin 16 introduction

https://thewhiskeywash.com/whiskey-styles/scotch-whiskey/whisky-review-lagavulin-16-year-old/

0:05:37 - Disclaimer about the difficulty of talking about charity without sounding like a d-bag.

0:07:44 - A free beer offer, John’s natural selfishness, and discovering altruism by process of elimination.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedonic_treadmill

0:14:00 - How Effective Altruism appealed to a certain, young Warren Buffett wanna-be.

http://www.berkshirehathaway.com/letters/letters.html

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5512893

0:16:54 - Emotion vs rationality in charity, and using passion (an emotion) to avoid burnout

0:22:25 - The magic #13 and planned gifts

0:24:36 - The Play Pump vs Deworm the World - Part 1

https://www.evidenceaction.org/dewormtheworld/

0:30:15 -  Nonprofits = no regulations?, Gates/Buffett, and EA leadership

https://www.amazon.com/Such-Thing-Free-Gift-Philanthropy/dp/1784780839

https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/236437.Charles_T_Munger

0:33:48 - Effective altruists as effective leaders

0:36:03 - The Play Pump vs Deworm the World - Part 2

0:40:09 - QALY’s and effectiveness benchmarks in US Public Health vs developing countries.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quality-adjusted_life_year

https://www.againstmalaria.com/

https://www.evidenceaction.org/dewormtheworld/

http://www.seva.org/site/PageServer

http://projecthealthychildren.com/

0:42:34 - Emotion, charity research, and Boy Scout Popcorn

0:45:33 - 3 great sites for evaluating charity: givewell.org, givingwhatwecan.org, and thelifeyoucansave.org

https://www.givewell.org/

https://www.thelifeyoucansave.org/

https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/

0:47:50 - Peter Singer: the “evil” moral philosopher

https://www.amazon.com/Life-You-Can-Save-Poverty/dp/0812981561

https://www.amazon.com/Most-Good-You-Can-Effective/dp/0300219865/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_14_t_0?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=X0ZFH4Z3QC89F618B0YD

0:51:00 - The problem of loyalty

0:57:00 - How effective is donating to Boy Scouts, or to leadership organizations, in general?

http://www.scouting.org/

1:01:17 - Opportunity costs for the global 1% (aka you, probably.)

1:04:28 - Heroic bankers and admirable yeyo dealers

1:12:49 - Quick recap of book and Billy Ray’s life advice

1:17:24 - Hard to quantify “goodness” and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow%27s_hierarchy_of_needs

1:22:28 - Policy changes

https://concepts.effectivealtruism.org/concepts/improving-policy/

1:24:01 - Depression and/or friendship in the developed world as Effective Altruism

http://effective-altruism.com/ea/yv/is_effective_altruism_overlooking_human_happiness/

1:30:20 - Strangers Drowning: How do we balance loyalty and morality?

https://www.amazon.com/Justice-Whats-Right-Thing-Do/dp/0374532508

https://www.amazon.com/Strangers-Drowning-Impossible-Idealism-Drastic/dp/0143109782

1:49:02 - Humans are assholes or How effective altruism can be an act of rebellion against an imperfect world.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gene-centered_view_of_evolution

1:52:47 - Some is better than none. Take some action. Be a hero.