November 24

21st Century Living

Saturday’s Big Idea

Today's Big Idea: Rationalism

The following is a sadly familiar scenario:

Disaster strikes. Americans open their wallets and give generously. Fundraising records are broken. Large charity organizations are accused of incompetence or worse. Congress investigates. Another disaster occurs. Repeat all of the above. 

Calling the Red Cross's recent efforts following Hurricane Sandy an "absolute disgrace," Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro urged the public to stop donating to the embattled organization. 

How should you decide how to make a charitable donation this holiday season? Julie Galef, President of the Center for Applied Rationality, says there are a few simple questions you can ask that will help determine whether your money will most effectively help the cause you care the most about. 


  1. 1 The Rationalist's Guide to Charit...
  2. 2 The Limits of Philanthropy
  3. 3 David Rubenstein: Is philanthropy...
  4. 4 Why Is Philanthropy So Unsophisti...
  1. The Rationalist's Guide to Charitable Giving

    The Rationalist's Guide to Charitable Giving

    According to Julia Galef, simply asking question "how do I compare expected benefits against each other?" is already "far more than most people just intuitively do when they want to help the world."  

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  2. The Limits of Philanthropy

    The Limits of Philanthropy

    Gerry Adams tells of one personal experience with philanthropy.

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  3. David Rubenstein: Is philanthropy efficient?

    David Rubenstein: Is philanthropy efficient?

    American citizens give away more of their money than anyone else in the world.

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  4. Why Is Philanthropy So Unsophisticated?

    Why Is Philanthropy So Unsophisticated?

    Peter Diamandis wonders what fields have the potential to innovate with prizes like his creation, the X PRIZE.

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