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What are the most important problems in the world?

(03/01/19 5:15pm)

Duke has a culture of philanthropy—and that’s awesome. You can’t walk across the Bryan Center Plaza without being flagged by numerous student groups fundraising for various charities. And the closer I get to graduating, the more subliminal messages I get from Duke trying to pressure me into giving back to the university. #ForeverDuke! Assuming I’m lucky enough to have money to give back, how do I decide where my money should go? At the end of the day, I have a finite amount of money I can donate, so there are obvious tradeoffs: a dollar I give to Charity A is one less dollar I could give to Charity B. And I’m only talking about this in context of donation, but I face a similar problem if I want to have a large social impact with my career. 

Uncontroversial ideas, surprising implications

(02/12/19 5:00am)

In our last column, we wrote about four uncontroversial ideas which constitute key principles of the nascent Effective Altruism (EA) movement, of which Effective Altruism Duke is a small part. They were: that it’s important to help others; that people are equal; that helping more is better than helping less; and that we have limited resources.