Warren Buffett’s son is almost completely wrong about charity

I first encountered this article by Warren Buffett’s son Peter Buffett in a pair of tweets by Mistress Matisse, complaining about the implication that making condoms available is a bad thing. But it wasn’t until I saw the article linked by Leiter that it registered with me just how bad the article was. I’m going [Read More…]

De-cluttering is not effective altruism: review of Jeff Shinabarger’s More or Less

When my contact at Patheos forwarded me an e-mail about the book club Patheos was going to be doing on Jeff Shinabarger’s book More or Less: Choosing a Lifestyle of Excessive Generosity, I was excited. It may have been just the subtitle that did it; if not the subtitle, then the book’s website with its [Read More…]

Against worrying about what kind of person would do that

Scott Alexander is on a virtue ethics kick at his blog. One comment that really stuck at me: [Read more…]

The parable of the insane king, and other strangeness in the Book of Matthew (Bible tweets)

Previously in the series: Genesis and Exodus, Leviticus through Deuteronomy, Joshua through Psalms, Proverbs through Song of Songs, Isaiah through Ezekiel, Daniel through Malachi. [Read more…]

Why you should consider donating to the Singularity Institute (I did!)

I’ve been on the fence for awhile about whether the Singularity Institute is worth donating to. I alluded to my uncertainty in my post on Kony 2012. I finally made my first donation just now. Two things pushed me over the edge. [Read more…]