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The Most Good You Can Do Peter Singer, Often Described As The World S Most Influential Living Philosopher, Presents A Challenging New Movement In The Search For An Ethical Life, One That Has Emerged From His Own Work On Some Of The World S Most Pressing Problems Effective Altruism Involves Doing The Most Good Possible It Requires A Rigorously Unsentimental View Of Charitable Giving, Urging That A Substantial Proportion Of Our Money Or Time, Should Be Donated To The Organisations That Will Do The Most Good With Those Resources, Rather Than To Those That Tug The Heartstrings Singer Introduces Us To An Array Of Remarkable People Who Are Restructuring Their Lives In Accordance With These Ideas, And Shows How, Paradoxically, Effective Altruism Often Leads To Greater Personal Fulfilment Peter Singer Is Ira W DeCamp Professor Of Bioethics, Princeton University, And Laureate Professor, School Of Historical And Philosophical Studies, University Of Melbourne He Is The Author Of Than Twenty Books, Including The Life You Can Save Singer Was Born In Australia He Divides His Time Between New York City And Melbourne Peter Singer S Status As A Man Of Principles And Towering Intellect A Philosopher Extraordinaire, If You Will Is Unrivalled In Australia Sydney Morning Herald Peter Singer Is A Public Intellectual Par Excellence Monthly Peter Singer May Be The Most Controversial Philosopher Alive He Is Certainly Among The Most Influential New Yorker

Animal Liberation, widely regarded as the touchstone of the animal liberation movement Not all members of the animal liberation movement share this view, and Singer himself has said the media overstates his status His views on that and other issues in bioethics have attracted attention and a degree of controversy Excerpted from

10 thoughts on “The Most Good You Can Do

  1. says:

    Bill and Melinda Gates are quoted on the front cover saying this is An optimistic and compelling look at the positive impact that giving can have on the world Singer himself says, The most interesting question is whether effective altruists can become numerous enough to influence the giving culture of affluent nations There are some promising signs that that may be starting to happen WOOHOO I sure hope he s right Peter Singer, an Aussie is a renowned philosopher, Princeton professor, and author of many books, including the famous Animal Liberation in 1975 But you don t have to be a scholar to enjoy his writings on ethics The only reason I add a review is that I hope it might encourage people to donate so it counts.This is easy reading with plenty of anecdotes about people I d call extreme donors kidney, life savings , but he s not too rough on those of us who set our sights a little lower and aren t even vegetarians Effective altruism is getting the most bang for your charity buck the most good for the most people and animals Some might be for immediate effective health or poverty relief, some might be for ongoing improvement of long range conditions, like saving the planet.Singer discusses how the bang is measured and audited the real result of your donation It s not as simple as ...

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    I will be debating Peter Singer next month at a forum and so I read this book to find its flaws and so perhaps because I was looking I found many My main critique is that he claims that it is moral and acceptable to work in any lucrative industry so long as you give away your gains So go into investment banking, make a ton of money and buy mosquito nets But no first off, these industries are extractive so they are not neutral ways of making money and second off, charity...

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    What a weird book Effective altruism sounded very interesting since it s true that tremendous resources are wasted on things that are known to be useless or harmful This book is only vaguely about that It functions OK as a discussion starter on philosophical issues but I think it flops as a practical introduction to the most good you can do There is some good information on that but way too much of the book is devoted to dangerously irrelevant BS.Singer starts with, and repeatedly brings up, the concept that you should abandon whatever you really want to do and go work for a hedge fund so you can make a lot of money and then give it away to charities he recommends If you disagree with him on this, then you are against capitalism and all the progress in the world And then he brings up Warren Buffett and his friends giving away their fortunes This is goofy on so many levels that it s hard to know where to start 1st of all, Warren Buffett has made statements to the effect that the Wall Street investment advising industry contributes nothing to the economy It s a brain drain for our best and brightest to go to Wall Street instead of doing anything productive Secondly, The Gates Foundation, which is where Buffett s money is going, is a pretty lousy example of...

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    A quick read.The main gist not all opportunities for charitable giving are created equal We should be donating to the causes and organizations that do the most good How does one evaluate the most good Cost Benefit Analysis, of course For example, does it make sense to spend 40,000 training a seeing eye dog to help one blind person, or should we spend the money on operations that restore sight to the blind and cost 100 450 each It s kind of a no brainer, isn t it The book begins by chronicling the life experiences of several effective altruists, or people who think rationally about how they use their time and resources to help other people It s anecdotal, but it makes you think could I live on a fraction of my current income to have to help the poor The book, at times, reads like an advert for GiveWell The author spares them all criticism, although he doesn t extend the same treatme...

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    I picked this latest of Singer s books to read in my Ethics class for the utilitarianism requirement of the university s curriculum The book has worked at generating interesting conversation among the students.Singer s stories of effective altruists and his concrete examples are interesting, some inspiring The philosophical ideas come in reflection on real life issues I have two criticisms of the book One, I m not convinced by the structure Some of the chapters seem misordered to me Also, the basic argument is rather straightforward that we should do the most good we can and that means saving as many lives as possible through our giving which can only be determined by adequate research into effective strategies and yet the arguments get repeated At times the reading felt redundant.As to the ideas, I m torn Yes, I am persuaded that my own charitable giving could be effective at saving lives I will likely change some of my giving patterns.But I can t support the fundamental utilitarian thesis that our moral decisions should be rooted in rational thought devoid of sentiment After finishing the book I skimmed back through Wendell Berry s Jefferson Lecture...

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    Ah, Peter Singer The ethic philosopher who s system is based purely on logic and reason Emotion is usually the most important factor when it comes to ethics, but not for Singer and I think that s a good thing.This book is a nice quick read on effective altruism, which is basically heavy suffering is bad, we can do something about it, therefore we should do something about it In fact, we should do a a lot about it But, in doing so, we should not be guided by personal opinion, we should strive to do the most good we can do For instance, guide dogs cost a lot of money For the same amount of money that it would cost to provide one guide dog for one person, it is possible to cure 2000 people in developing countries from blindness caused by disease Obviously, doing the latter is effective and therefore, the ethical choice.I am sympathetic to the ideas in this book, but I think The life you can save by the same author is a better read on this topic That book...

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    I will change the way I donate based on what I ve learned from this book It is a thoughtful, rational approach to making charitable donations It was eye opening in many ways things like percent of funds spent on the charitable activity itself is not a marker of effectiveness how donors of small amounts are less likely to be repeat donors when they have evidence that shows a charity is effective and how very small amounts of money can save many lives when donated to the right places The discussions of whether emotional empathy actually increases charitable donations and whether altruism necessarily involves sacrifice were also informative Still, I found some of the phi...

  8. says:

    Efektif ya da etkili hay rsever kavram n hayat ma sokan bir kitap oldu Bildi imiz hay rseverlerden farkl olarak efektif hay rsever, ekonomik olarak ortalama ya am tutturup sonras nda t m kazanc n STK lar arac l yla hay r i lerine harcayan ki i Lakin bu ki ilerin iki nemli zelli i daha var daha fazla kazanmak ve b ylece daha ok paray hay r i lerine aktarmak i in u ra mak ve paray ba layaca STK y ok bilin li bir ekilde se mek statistik ve matematik bu ki ilerin rasyonel kararlar almak i in ba vurduklar ara lar 25000 dolar gibi bir y ll k net gelir ki iyi d nyan n en m reffeh %4 l k kesimi aras na sokuyor B yle bir durumda efektif hay rsever kazanc n maksimize etmek i in u ra yor ama kendisi s rekli 25000 dolar d zeyinde ya yor Hayat kendisine zehretmeden, gayet mutlu, istediklerini yaparak nk bu insanlar zaten hayatta ki iye neyin mutluluk verece ini, belirli bir d zeyin zerindeki kazanc n getirece i ekstra mutlulu un ba kalar n mutlu ederek sa lanacak mutluluktan daha fazla olamayaca n idrak etmi ki iler Eylemlerini de g...

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    This was a very positive and engaging read that made me consider how to do in my life for the betterment of the world This book s title and message is not entirely clear until you read it The book is not about simply doing the most good that You the Reader can do, although I am sure it is a play on words, but is about what one chooses to do, as rated by effectiveness Singer describes a group of people who have chosen to be called effective altruists and breaks this down the definition, history, goals, motives and real world examples for such a group He also walks the reader through some theoretical exercises for assigning value to various actions for the purpose of comparason, but is careful to disclose the complexity of many factors involved The reader is left to make conclusions on their own, bu...

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