Vidur Kapur

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More about me: 

I am currently a full-time student studying medicine. I consider myself a classical, hedonistic utilitarian. After becoming a vegetarian in part because of Peter Singer's arguments against speciesism, I read his book 'The Life You Can Save', which first introduced me to GiveWell and the concept of effective giving.


How much do you plan to donate?: 
At least 40% of my income; gradually increasing to 50% and beyond
To which causes?: 
Animal welfare
Foundational research (on wild-animal suffering and other issues) and cause-prioritization
For how long?: 
Throughout my life
Selected past donations: 
£40.00OxfamAugust 2014
£5.00Save the Children (at a school fundraiser)December 2014
£10.00Against Malaria FoundationDecember 2014
£103.82SCI, GiveDirectly, Mercy for Animals, Animal Equality, Iodine Global NetworkJanuary-August 2015
$100.00 (£66.30)Animal Charity EvaluatorsOctober 2015
$25.00 (£17.95)The Humane LeagueDecember 2015Donation tripled
£25.00Humane Slaughter AssociationFebruary 2016
$25.00 (£18.61)Animal EthicsFebruary 2016
£30.00Foundational Research InstituteApril 2016
$100 (£68.41)Animal Charity EvaluatorsMay 2016
£57.12Effective Altruism Foundation: Sentience PoliticsAugust 2016For Primates Ballot Initiative - donation doubled
$30.00Animal Charity EvaluatorsDecember 2016Donation doubled
$100.00Good Food Institute
$100.00Animal Charity Evaluators
$103.00Foundational Research Institute
Donations I've helped influence: 
AmountToDonated byWhenAny details
$30.00Humane LeagueFamily memberMay 2016
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Views and values

Moral philosophy: 
Classical Utilitarian
Causes you think you should devote resources to: 
Animal welfare
Far future concerns (besides existential risk)
Cause prioritization
Meta charities which direct resources to these causes
Actions you're taking to support these causes: 

Donating to cost-effective charities within these cause areas, abstaining from consuming meat and eggs, mentioning EA where appropriate in personal conversations, continually thinking about which causes I should prioritise, pursuing further education, trying to improve my rationality and productivity so that I can do more good.

Other social movements identified with: 
Animal Rights
Causes and communities you're interested in: 
Animal welfare
Effective giving
Existential risk and far future causes
Global poverty
Machine intelligence risk

You and EA

Year you first heard the term 'Effective Altruism': 
Groups you're a member of: 
The 'Effective Altruists' Facebook group
Which factors were important in 'getting you into' Effective Altruism, or altering your actions in its direction?: 
Giving What We Can
Number of friends who'd describe themselves as Effective Altruists: 
0-5 friends
How you first heard about 'Effective Altruism': 
The Life You Can Save (book)


Planned career path: 
Earning to Give
Confidence that you'll take this career path: 
34%-66% chance I will take this path in the future.


Vidur Kapur
Highest level of education completed or currently pursuing: 
Undergraduate degree (bachelor’s)
United Kingdom
Newcastle upon Tyne
Religious beliefs: 
Atheist, agnostic or non-religious
Political views: 
Centrist and slightly libertarian on balance, but depends on the policy.
Full-time student?: