What do Effective Altruists believe?

The effective altruist community believes that when doing good, we should use evidence and reason to guide us. Effective altruists aim to consider all causes and actions, and then act in the way that brings about the greatest positive impact.

Effective altruist values

OPENMINDEDNESS

Consider all causes and actions, and then act in the way that brings about the greatest positive impact.

CRITICAL THINKING

Apply evidence, science and reason to determine the most effective ways to improve the world.

GLOBAL EMPATHY

Value life, regardless of nationality, creed, ancestry, religion, or species.

What effective altruists look for

SCALE

Will progress on the cause drastically improve a large number of lives?

TRACTABILITY

Can a dedicated effort in support of the cause create a measurable difference?

NEGLECT

How much has the cause been overlooked or undervalued?

While a substantial proportion of effective altruists have focused on the non-profit sector, the philosophy of Effective Altruism applies more broadly, to prioritising the scientific projects, companies, and policy initiatives which save and improve the most lives.

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