Michael Dickens

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Donations

How much do you plan to donate?: 
> 20% of income
To which causes?: 
Animal welfare
Existential risk and far future causes
Research and movement-building
For how long?: 
Throughout my life
Selected past donations: 
AmountToWhen
USD ~$1000Various charitiesBefore 2013
USD $1,000The Humane LeagueMay-June 2014
USD $3,000Animal Charity EvaluatorsJune 2015
USD $22,500Raising for Effective GivingOctober 2015
Donations I've helped influence: 
AmountToDonated byWhenAny details
$7,200The Humane LeagueStanford Effective AltruismJune 2014
>$15,000Animal Charity EvaluatorsStanford Effective AltruismJune 2015
~$30,000Raising for Effective Givingvarious donors2015-2016From writing this: http://www.effective-altruism.com/ea/ns/my_cause_selection_michael_dickens/
Past donations: 

Elsewhere on the web

Your views and values

Moral philosophy: 
Consequentialist/utilitarian (or think that this covers the most important considerations)
Causes you think you should devote resources to: 
Animal welfare
Improving rationality or science
Far future concerns (besides existential risk)
Cause prioritization
Meta charities which direct resources to these causes
Actions you're taking to support these causes: 

learning more about cause prioritization to help my future self make better decisions; promoting EA in personal conversations; getting an education so as to maximize my future impact

Hours a month spent on these activities: 
10
Diet: 
Vegan
Other social movements identified with: 
Rationalist/LessWrong
I'm an atheist and I support animal rights and gender equality and I think transhumanism is a thing but I don't really identify with any of these movements.
Causes and communities you're interested in: 
Animal welfare
Earn-to-give
Effective giving
Entrepreneurship
Existential risk and far future causes
Global poverty
Machine intelligence risk
Molecular nanotechnology
Movement-building
Nuclear technology
Prioritization research
Rationality
Synthetic biology risk

You and EA

Year you first heard the term 'Effective Altruism': 
2012
Groups you're a member of: 
The 'Effective Altruists' Facebook group
Giving What We Can (you've taken the pledge)
LessWrong
Local EA group
Which factors were important in 'getting you into' Effective Altruism, or altering your actions in its direction?: 
The online EA community
Peter Singer
Number of friends who'd describe themselves as Effective Altruists: 
6-10 friends
How you first heard about 'Effective Altruism': 
Felicifia

Your career

Planned career path: 
Earning to Give
Confidence that you'll take this career path: 
67%-100% chance I will take this path in the future.
Skills: 
programming

Demographics

Gender: 
Male
Highest level of education completed or currently pursuing: 
Undergraduate degree (bachelor’s)
Country: 
United States
City: 
Stanford
Religious beliefs: 
Atheist, agnostic or non-religious
Political views: 
Left
Full-time student?: 
Yes