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Raymond Arnold hung out with 5 people.Gary Brown, Samuel Hilton, Alyssa Vance, Jacob Smith, and Mohamed Abdallah
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The High Impact Network (THINK) is launching this week. Our website just went live. If you're interested in doing good in the world, check us out, and send us an e-mail!
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I've also written an article that goes into greater detail and what we're about and where we came from:

http://lesswrong.com/r/discussion/lw/dyj/the_high_impact_network_think_launching_now/
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I defended against a #zergrush on Google Search.
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Odd, as this is dated Dec 14th, 2013 on the picture attached ... 
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After a lot of deliberation, I just donated a substantial chunk of money to the Against Malaria Foundation. I plan to also make a larger donation to a meta-charity. 

I am leaning towards the Center for Applied Rationality - while they are not directly focused on philanthropy I think they are most likely to systematically create effective people who care. This is a tough judgment call. I think compelling cases can be made for donating to Leverage, Centre for Effective Altruism, and SI. Most of them seem to be working on common causes, and it sounds like it doesn't make a huge difference which one you donated to. They all seem like they're en route to secure funding for the immediate future so there's a little time to evaluate them more.

I know that splitting your donations is pretty blatantly unwise - this isn't a trust fund where you, as an individual, need to make sure to have both "stable" sources of altruism and "high variance" sources. Everyone is contributing to the same general cause of "goodness". We should be donating to whatever has the most expected value.

But I feel like having made one significant donation to a project that I know is cost effective (AMF) takes a huge load off my chest. I know I've done some real, something that is definitely going to help someone. And it's easier in casual conversation with most people to explain malaria than it is to explain to recursive self improvement, which I think has some real benefits.

If you have strong opinions on which meta-organization to donate to (or if you think there are important organizations that I'm not even considering), you still have a few days to influence me.
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To the extent that it matters, what I'm caring about is the ability to actually influence people through casual conversation (as opposed to just looking good - I have other ways of doing that). The question is, do I actually have to donate to AMF in order to do that? I apparently influenced one person earlier this year to donate to AMF without actually having donated to them at the time.

But I think what actually motivates me isn't so much the signalling itself, but the self knowledge that the words I'm saying really line up with the actions I'm taking.
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I did not take pictures of Burning Man because I knew someone would take better ones, and they did not disappoint.

I describe this as "one part 'Dust in the Wind', two parts 'Party Rockin' in the House Tonight', one part 'Myst' and one part 'Journey.'"
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In case anyone was still wondering:

http://lesswrong.com/lw/4su/how_to_be_happy/
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This is my letter to the Boy Scouts of America, regarding their policy of discrimination against people who are open about their homosexuality. It is sent in solidarity with other Eagle scouts, who have returned their badges in protest.
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