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Development vs conflict

It's hard to have any appreciation of how big or small numbers are. Wolfram | Alpha helps sometimes, if you look things up. But it doesn't work for money numbers, so other times you conveniently find two numbers on the same site to compare: Global cost of conflict reaches $14.3tn, says report Foreign aid close to record peak after donors spend $135bn in 2014 To make it a little easier to compare, I'll write the zeros, and add another big... full post»

Effective altruism - intro

From an effectiveness point of view, I should probably have written this a week earlier, just before Christmas. I'm on time for the new year resolutions though! It's about effective altruism. Many people like to feel that they are contributing something to the world. Like making a donation to a charitable cause. But wouldn't it be great if you not only feel like you're helping people, but you actually are? How do you know if you hard-earned euros/dollars/... are accomplishing... full post»