I’m Joe Carlsmith. I’m a research analyst at Open Philanthropy, and a doctoral student in philosophy at the University of Oxford. You can learn more about me on my personal website, here. Here’s a photo:

My aim for this blog is mostly to

(a) clarify and express various things that matter to me,

(b) in a public context that makes dialogue possible,

(c) at quality standards compatible with posting regularly and not spending too much time on each post,

(d) in a way that helps create the type of world I hope we can create.

I chose the name partly to remind me of this aim. “Hands” is mostly about (a) and (b). “Cities” is mostly about (d).

My favorite posts so far are:

All opinions my own, not speaking on behalf of my employer.