About Peter McIntyre

I’m the Director of Coaching at 80,000 Hours, a non-profit that provides advice to talented graduates on how to have an impactful career; and a Founding Director of Effective Altruism Australia, a non-profit that has raised $700,000 for evidence-based, high impact global health charities.

April 2017

Peter Special: How I optimise my dinner

By | 2017-05-19T06:02:00+00:00 April 4th, 2017|Effective altruism|

By popular demand, I present to you how I optimise my dinner (and lunch (and snacks)). It takes less than 5 minutes of prep time, and can be as tasty or healthy as you want (it’s a tradeoff, deal with it). The Peter Special is not intended to replace a balanced diet of Power Smoothies. [...]

December 2015

52 Concepts To Add To Your Cognitive Toolkit

By | 2017-05-19T05:00:36+00:00 December 30th, 2015|Rationality|

Edit: On the basis of the success of this article, we started Conceptually to send you a free concept every week to your inbox (but you can also just read them on the website). It actually explains and applies the concepts (unlike below), and due to the spacing effect, will make it more likely you can [...]

August 2015

12 Awesome Things You Should Do After EA Global

By | 2017-05-19T05:00:37+00:00 August 24th, 2015|EA|

Effective altruism is littered with lowbrow articles. I thought I would contribute something a little more academic to our discourse, so I have written a listicle (sorrynotsorry) of what we can do to get the most out of the conference now that it’s over. 1. Track down the friends you made at EAG on Facebook and [...]

May 2015

Should You Visit an Effective Altruism Hub?

By | 2017-05-19T05:00:37+00:00 May 18th, 2015|EA|

This post is co-written by Brenton Mayer and Peter McIntyre.   Peter Hurford’s recent post challenges us to find ways to engage new EAs. In this post we explore travelling to an EA hub as a means to achieve this goal, and consider whether we would advise others to undertake the same trip we did. [...]

April 2015

What are the best charities in Australia to donate to?

By | 2017-05-19T05:00:37+00:00 April 18th, 2015|Effective altruism|

Update - February 2016: This article has had a lot of attention and has confirmed the importance of finding highly effective charities in Australia to donate to. As a result, I've co-founded Effective Altruism Australia, which uses independent charity evaluators to find and partner with some of the most effective and tax-deductible charities in Australia. The rest [...]

March 2015

Taking control of your happiness and productivity

By | 2017-05-19T05:00:37+00:00 March 25th, 2015|Rationality|

Originally posted on CFAR's blog. What's one thing you can do to improve your physical and mental health, be happier and more successful? Before I tell you the answer, first try answering these questions (interpretation in the footnotes [1]). For each question select the statement (a or b) that you agree with the most. a) [...]

Keep Your Identity Fluid

By | 2017-05-19T05:00:37+00:00 March 25th, 2015|Rationality|

Originally posted on CFAR's blog. Keep your identity small? Why do some discussions involving smart and reasonable people generate such emotive responses and so often go nowhere? Why does this happen more often for politics and religion than for discussing, say, preferred sock colours? In Paul Graham’s essay Keep Your Identity Small, he suggests that [...]

4 Common Prediction Failures and How to Fix Them

By | 2017-05-19T05:00:37+00:00 March 25th, 2015|Rationality|

Originally posted on CFAR's blog. Our predictions fail in predictably bad ways. Picture the last time you were getting ready to leave the house and you were asked how much longer you would take. And when was the last time you actually left by then? You might be better at this than I am, but [...]