– Date – May 13, 2014
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Skeptical Humanities [13:25]
– Building Egypt.
– Ken Feder’s Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries: Pseudoscience in Archaeology.
– Live Science on Bonn.
– Percy Newberry’s El Bersheh: The Tomb of Tehuti-hetep (archive.org).
– B. Cotterell and J. Kamminga, Mechanics of Pre-Industrial Technology (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1990).
– A. B. Lloyd, A Companion to Ancient Egypt (Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, 2010).
– James A. Harrell and Thomas M. Bown, “An Old Kingdom Basalt Quarry at Widan el-Faras and the Quarry Road to Lake Moeris,” Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt Vol. 32, (1995).
– C. S. C. Davison, “Transporting Sixty-Ton Statues in Early Assyria and Egypt,” Technology and Culture, 2, 11 (1961).
– Michael T. Lally, “Engineering a Pyramid” Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt, Vol. 26 (1989), pp. 207-218.
– Skeptical Humanities.
The Odds Must Be Crazy [21:00]
– The Odds Must Be Crazy.
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Interview: William MacAskill [26:30]
– Research Associate at the Oxford Center for Practical Ethics.
– Spending the academic year 2012-13 in the USA as a Fulbright Scholar at Princeton University.
– He took his wifes last name for ethical reasons.
– Helped setup and found ‘Giving What We Can‘ and ‘80,000 Hours‘.
– The idea of ‘meta-charity‘ is rarely discussed or known about.
– The programs have an evidence based method to make sure that all donations have the best possible outcome for good.
– Worked with the ‘Give Well‘ group which was founded by ex-hedge fund workers.
– An example is; treating children for intestinal worms as a highly effective way to enhance the standard of living in the developing world.
– One surprising careers which his projects think can do the most good in the end is Investment Banking.
– One example may be Warren Buffett and his children, like Peter Buffett.
– These types of charities are called/considered ‘Meta Charities‘.
– William has a book which he is finishing which should be coming out soon which is going to be all about evidence based altruism and giving.
– One of the best places for people to find out more about effective altruism is Peter Singers TED Talk.