This month we have Catherine Low talking to us about charity, from a skeptical perspective:
Many people act altruistically by giving their money generously to charities. However, they often base their decision of which charity to give to on what the charity says about themselves, not what the charity actually achieves with their money. The scientific evidence shows that not all charities are equal – many have no evidence they help, some cause harm, some do some good, and some are many hundreds of times more effective at helping than others than the average. This presentation will include an introduction to effective altruism, which is a social and philosophical movement aiming to help people make the highest possible impact with their time and money. Then we have $500 to give away, so we will analyse charities and choose where the money goes. Catherine Low is a skeptic and a science teacher from Christchurch, and is a member of Effective Altruism New Zealand.