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How to Do Good Better. Meet William MacAskill

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William MacAskill became the youngest associate professor of philosophy in the world when he joined the faculty at the University of Oxford aged 28. He’s also a social entrepreneur who’s founded two Y Combinator-backed startups, which have raised over $1.5 billion in pledged donations to charity.

To top it off, he’s the author of the successful book “Doing Good Better”. Julia Galef, co-founder of the Center for Applied Rationality, comments that “occasionally in life, you get the pleasure of encountering a new way of thinking about the world that feels obviously true and important, yet had never occurred to you before. I predict this book will spark such an experience for many.”

We warmly invite you to the Cambridge Union on Friday 13th October for such an experience. This talk is open to all, not just Union members. Come and hear why MacAskill’s ideas have been influencing people from The New York Times to 10 Downing Street.

This talk will be an introduction to the global movement of Effective Altruism, from someone widely considered to be its co-founder. Effective altruism is about answering one simple, yet difficult, question: how can we use our resources to help others the most? Rather than just doing what feels right, Effective Altruism uses evidence and careful analysis to find the best ways to make a difference.

Of all the hours you have in Cambridge, this hour could have the greatest impact on your world outlook and life.

This talk is part of the EA: Cambridge series.

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