17 September: Online meeting on Effective Altruism

Thursday 17th September 2020

Effective Altruism by Dr Simon Jenkins. Online Meeting, 7.30 pm start.

Dr Simon Jenkins of the Philosophy Department at Warwick University will talk about Effective Altruism which is all about changing the way we do good.

Effective altruism asks one simple question: how can we use our resources to help others the most? Rather than just doing what feels right, we can use evidence and careful analysis to find the very best causes to work on. But it’s no use answering the question unless you act on it. Effective altruism is about following through. It’s about being generous with your time and your money to do the most good you can.

Most of us want to make a difference. We see suffering, injustice and death, and are moved to do something about them. But working out what that ‘something’ is, let alone actually doing it, can be a difficult and disheartening challenge.

Effective altruism is a response to this challenge. It is a research field which uses high-quality evidence and careful reasoning to work out how to help others as much as possible. It is also a community of people taking these answers seriously, by focusing their efforts on the most promising solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.

Although humanists live without religion, Shropshire Humanists are inclusive and welcome all, including those with any or no religious faith.

This is the ZOOM link to attend.

3 thoughts on “17 September: Online meeting on Effective Altruism

  1. I am sorry that I was unable to join the meeting but looking at the summary above I am not sure whether Simon Jenkins was talking about altruism or not. The principle of altruism is that I put the interests of others before my own, even it that means that my interests suffer. Being generous with my time and money might be as important to me as it is to those who benefit from my generosity. Generosity is a character virtue that benefits both those who give and those who receive. There is a simple children’s song which includes the line, ‘Love is something if you give it away, you end up holding more’. Perhaps as more comments come in I will learn something of Simon’s argument.


    1. Hi Janet, apologies for the delay. Unfortunately we didn’t get a recording of this meeting, but we are intending to record our talks in the future!


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