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Critical thinking for do-gooders

Crucial concepts from philosophy, maths, science, and more

Evidence-based stuff you should know about how the world works

Learn by considering fascinating questions

Reflect on your values and life goals with scenarios

Check your understanding with quizzes

Dive deeper into ideas that capture your interest

Deepen your understanding with footnotes and nerdy asides

Broaden your knowledge with reading suggestions

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The evidence-backed lessons have significantly changed my view of the world. This course equips you with fascinating knowledge that you can actively apply to make a positive difference.

Saheb Gulati

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Core concepts for critical thinking

Impartiality

Counterfactual impact

Expected value

Diminishing marginal returns

Moral patienthood

Human history and our future

Whether we’ve made moral progress

Which innovations caused our life expectancy to double

How our wealth grew exponentially

How billions were lifted out of poverty

Evidence and data

How many lives a typical extra doctor saves

How many charities actually make a big difference

Which evidence-backed programs help the global poor

What you could accomplish by donating money

Research-backed, actionable ideas to help you change the world.

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