This is the twice-weekly hidden open thread. Post about anything you want, ask random questions, whatever.
Also, a quick plug.
The Effective Altruism Global conference is happening from August 5-7 at UC Berkeley. EA Global is the fourth annual conference of Effective Altruism, a growing community based on using reason and evidence to improve the world as much as possible. This year will be the largest gathering in the history of the movement with around 1,000 attendees and over 50 speakers from around the world expected to attend.
Each year, EA Global attracts a cross-disciplinary community of people who spend much of their time thinking about how to make a difference. We aspire to create a forum for rigorous, lively discussion on some of the most important questions faced by humanity. For analytic thinkers with altruistic goals, EA Global will plug you into a like-minded community that you won’t find anywhere else.
Last year this event sold out, so apply soon if you’d like to attend. As a special offer to SSC readers, if you apply with this link, the organizers will give you a free copy of Doing Good Better (in digital or hard copy) as an introduction to EA.