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Will MacAskill

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William MacAskill is a Scottish philosopher, ethicist, and one of the originators of the effective altruism movement. He is Associate Professor in Philosophy at the University of Oxford, a researcher at the Global Priorities Institute at Oxford and Director of the Forethought Foundation for Global Priorities Research.
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Superintelligence
Paths, Dangers, Strategies
by Nick Bostrom (Apr 30, 2016)
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A New York Times bestseller Superintelligence asks the questions: What happens when machines surpass humans in general intelligence? Will artificial agents save or destroy us? Nick Bostrom lays the foundation for understanding the future of humanity and intelligent life.The human brain has some capabilities that the brains of other animals lack. It...
Will MacAskill
Very important book.     source
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Mindfulness
An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World
by Mark Williams (Nov 22, 2011)
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Everyday life is so frantic and full of troubles that we have largely forgotten how to live a joyful existence. We try so hard to be happy that we often end up missing the most important parts of our lives. In Mindfulness, Oxford professor Mark Williams and award-winning journalist Danny Penman reveal the secrets to living a happier and less anxiou...
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It’s significantly improved my life.     source
The Power of Persuasion
How We're Bought and Sold
by Robert V. Levine (Jan 22, 2006)
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"An engaging, highly readable survey of the sophisticated methods of persuasion we encounter in various situations. From television to telemarketing and from self-deception to suicide cults, Levine takes a hard look at all the ways we attempt to persuade each other--and how and why they work (or don't). . . . The next time you wonder what possessed...
Will MacAskill
The best book on persuasion that I know of. It’s quite a lot more in-depth than things like Caldini’s book and some of the other books in that genre.     source
Reasons and Persons
by Derek Parfit (Dec 31, 1985)
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Challenging, with several powerful arguments, some of our deepest beliefs about rationality, morality, and personal identity, Derek Parfit claims that we have a false view about our own nature. It is often rational to act against our own best interests, he argues, and most of us have moral views that are self-defeating. We often act wrongly, althou...
Will MacAskill
One of the most important books written in the 20th century.     source
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