Student Discussion Group: Effective Altruism

Sunday, January 20th 2013 at 6:00 pm
Sunday, January 20th 2013 at 8:00 pm
Think Coffee - Basement Event Space, 248 Mercer St, New York, NY
Altruism is helping others for their own sake. Most humans are biologically wired to feel empathy and compassion. We want to help - but some ways of helping are more effective than others. 

Effective Altruism is the study and practice of maximizing your impact on the world. With limited time, resources and energy, how can you help as many people as much as possible? There are many tools to consider, including scientific research on which interventions are most effective, rationality theories that help you prioritize your time, and long term strategies that help you develop new, important skills. Which approaches are best for you?

This discussion will be led by Raymond Arnold. Raymond is an organizer for several communities in NYC, including a local chapter of THINK (, a self-improvement group for people who want to have a big impact on the world. He also runs CFI-NYC's  Open Mind Open Mic, an artistic space for developing and sharing humanist performance art.

Interested in moderating a discussion on a topic of your choosing in the future? Send an email to

The CFI-NYC Student Discussion Group provides students with the means to discuss taboo or under-examined topics with like-minded peers. Looking for an intelligent conversation you wouldn't usually find at a typical college party? Trying to find people your age who like to discuss things like philosophy, science, ethics, religion, and anything most people think are taboo topics of discussion? Come meet other students in the NYC area and make friends while exercising your brain and examining the under-examined!

As there is limited space, we ask that you only attend if you are under the age of 35. If, however, you are older than 35 and are very interested in attending, or have attended our discussions in the past, please send us a private message and we may be able to work something out.