Comment by dominikpeters on Offloading Executive Functioning to Morality · 2017-10-16T01:39:03.176Z · score: 10 (3 votes) · LW · GW

For keeping my place clean and presentable, I find it helpful to invite people over to socialise at mine (rather than a pub or restaurant).

Comment by dominikpeters on Offloading Executive Functioning to Morality · 2017-10-16T01:36:24.640Z · score: 10 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I'm a grad student in CS theory, so it is not really expected of me to go to the office everyday, no-one checks (can check?) that I have done any work this week, and people don't really expect that deadlines (for things like peer reviews) are kept, because everyone is used to academics missing deadlines. I often envy people in customer service jobs, where not much motivation / will power seems to be needed to keep going (because the customer is going to be annoyed if not). I wonder whether there is any way to salvage such theory research jobs along the lines suggested in the post; would be super-useful to me and presumably others.

Comment by dominikpeters on Oxford Prioritisation Project Review · 2017-10-14T12:09:45.167Z · score: 11 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I was a team member of OxPrio. To answer your question, we granted the money to 80,000 hours. I personally agree with your reasoning that the grant amount was too small compared to the effort put in; 800 person-hours is an underestimate (only counting the work of the two most-committed team members), and counterfactually the time could have been spent more productively than working minimum-wage. However, I don't follow why giving the money to "basically anywhere" would have been good enough, since "remotely effective charities" plausibly still vary significantly in cost-effectiveness: for our OxPrio shortlist, we saw two orders of magnitude difference in our model's cost-effectiveness estimates among the 4 options.