What is effective altruism?
Effective altruism, or EA, is about doing the most good. Effective altruists use evidence and analysis to determine the best issues to work on, and which interventions have the greatest potential for impact. Their research is guided by three questions:
1. Is the issue large in scale? How many people are affected, and to what extent?
2. Is the issue highly tractable? How much progress can we make with additional resources?
3. Is the issue neglected? How many resources are already being directed toward the problem?
Based on this analysis, effective altruist researchers have identified a number of focus areas with outstanding potential for impact, including fighting extreme poverty, alleviating animal suffering, and working to improve the long-term future.