Ben Stewart

1560 karmaJoined Feb 2020Sydney NSW, Australia


Hi, I'm Ben! I'm a Research Fellow at Open Philanthropy, though all views I express here are my own. 

Before OP I was an independent researcher in global health and biosecurity, and a Charity Entrepreneurship incubatee. I have an MD and undergrad degrees in philosophy, international relations, and neuroscience, all from the University of Sydney. 


This was great! Interesting to see the inter-expert disagreements laid out too

Nice! This is helpful, and I love the reasoning transparency. How did you get to the 80% CI?(sorry if I missed this somewhere)

The problem is you are framing these ideas as advice you're giving to others - that if they took seriously could affect something important (i.e. a job interview). If you're going to presume to advise others, you should be more confident the advice is true/helpful.

Nice post! An eudaemonic focus pairs nicely with a capabilities approach to human welfare - where we might conceive of global health and development as enabling individuals' substantive freedom to lead the lives they wish to. Ryan Briggs gives a great intro here.

I thought this was a very useful review and would strongly encourage others to read it, if they’ve engaged with the previous posts on this subject. I wouldn't have seen it without your post, so thanks! I think publishing on the forum in full (or relevant sections) would be great - though I'll leave it to the author/others to decide. 

I loved this. For hungry readers, Peter Godfrey-Smith's 'Other Minds' is great (so too the subsequent 'Metazoa').

Awesome work, thanks! And this model resonates with my experience getting more involved with bio over the last few years.

Yeah, though to be fair the CEA for Malawi was b/c it was LEEP's literal first campaign. I'd imagine LEEP has CEAs for all their country work which include adjustments for likelihood of success, though I don't know whether they intend to publish them any time soon.

Yeah makes sense, and that the early research could have been heavily discounted by pessimism about a charity achieving big wins.

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