I’m Joe Carlsmith. I’m a senior 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).
Thus far, most of my writing here has been about philosophy and/or the long-term future. Favorite posts include:
- On infinite ethics
- Actually possible: thoughts on Utopia
- Can you control the past?
- Against neutrality about creating happy lives (narration on the EA Forum Podcast here)
- On future people, looking back at 21st century longtermism
- Thoughts on being mortal
All opinions my own, not speaking on behalf of my employer.
I’m also involved in the Effective Ideas Blog Prize.