Robert Tolan

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Neither EA nor e/acc is what we need to build the future

Hi Jason,

This is great, I would love to read more about how you believe Progress Studies could become a philosophy on par with Effective Altruism. I think an advantage EA has is its roots in John Stuart Mill and some of his contemporaries. Personally, I've found it harder to pinpoint which philosophers were early proponents of Progress Studies - my sense is that the idea of building, whatever the trials and tribulations, is fundamentally a Stoic idea. Indeed,  I think Ayn Rand's ideas, particularly on the importance of individualism, are important if one would like to create an epistemic history of Progress Studies. 

Thanks for sharing this draft.

How does a society hedge its bets?

This is a great piece! Thanks very much for posting.