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Doing good better : how effective altruism can help you make a difference, William MacAskill

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Doing good better : how effective altruism can help you make a difference
Title
Doing good better
Title remainder
how effective altruism can help you make a difference
Statement of responsibility
William MacAskill
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Most of us want to make a difference. We donate our time and money to charities and causes we deem worthy, choose careers we consider meaningful, and patronize businesses and buy products we believe make the world a better place. Unfortunately, we often base these decisions on assumptions and emotions rather than facts. As a result, even our best intentions often lead to ineffective?and sometimes downright harmful?outcomes. How can we do better? While a researcher at Oxford, trying to figure out which career would allow him to have the greatest impact, William MacAskill confronted this problem head on. He discovered that much of the potential for change was being squandered by lack of information, bad data, and our own prejudice. As an antidote, he and his colleagues developed effective altruism, a practical, data-driven approach that allows each of us to make a tremendous difference regardless of our resources. Effective altruists believe that it?s not enough to simply do good; we must do good better. At the core of this philosophy are five key questions that help guide our altruistic decisions: How many people benefit, and by how much? Is this the most effective thing I can do? Is this area neglected? What would have happened otherwise? What are the chances of success, and how good would success be? By applying these questions to real-life scenarios, MacAskill shows how many of our assumptions about doing good are misguided. For instance, he argues one can potentially save more lives by becoming a plastic surgeon rather than a heart surgeon; measuring overhead costs is an inaccurate gauge of a charity?s effectiveness; and, it generally doesn?t make sense for individuals to donate to disaster relief. MacAskill urges us to think differently, set aside biases, and use evidence and careful reasoning rather than act on impulse. When we do this?when we apply the head and the heart to each of our altruistic endeavors?we find that each of us has the power to do an astonishing amount of good
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1987-
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MacAskill, William
Dewey number
171/.8
Index
index present
LC call number
HM1146
LC item number
.M33 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Altruism
  • Helping behavior
  • Altruism
  • Helping behavior
Label
Doing good better : how effective altruism can help you make a difference, William MacAskill
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-247) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: worms and water pumps: how can you do the most good? -- You are the 1 percent: just how much can you achieve? -- Hard trade-offs: question #1: how many people benefit, and by how much? -- How you can save hundreds of lives: question #2: is this the most effective thing you can do? -- Why you shouldn't donate to disaster relief: question #3: is this area neglected? -- The best person who ever lived is an unknown Ukrainian man: question #4: what would have happed otherwise? -- Why voting is like donating thousands of dollars to charity: question #5: what are the chances of success, and how good would success be? -- Overhead costs, CEO pay, and other confusions: which charities make the most difference? -- The moral case for sweatshop goods: how can consumers make the most difference? -- Don't "follow your passion": which careers make the most difference? -- Poverty versus climate change versus ... : which causes are most important? -- Conclusion: becoming an effective altruist: what should you do right now? -- Appendix: thinking like an effective altruist: the five key questions of effective altruism
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
viii, 258 pages
Isbn
9781592409105
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2015000705
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • ocn893894837
  • (OCoLC)893894837
Label
Doing good better : how effective altruism can help you make a difference, William MacAskill
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-247) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: worms and water pumps: how can you do the most good? -- You are the 1 percent: just how much can you achieve? -- Hard trade-offs: question #1: how many people benefit, and by how much? -- How you can save hundreds of lives: question #2: is this the most effective thing you can do? -- Why you shouldn't donate to disaster relief: question #3: is this area neglected? -- The best person who ever lived is an unknown Ukrainian man: question #4: what would have happed otherwise? -- Why voting is like donating thousands of dollars to charity: question #5: what are the chances of success, and how good would success be? -- Overhead costs, CEO pay, and other confusions: which charities make the most difference? -- The moral case for sweatshop goods: how can consumers make the most difference? -- Don't "follow your passion": which careers make the most difference? -- Poverty versus climate change versus ... : which causes are most important? -- Conclusion: becoming an effective altruist: what should you do right now? -- Appendix: thinking like an effective altruist: the five key questions of effective altruism
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
viii, 258 pages
Isbn
9781592409105
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2015000705
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • ocn893894837
  • (OCoLC)893894837

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