30 Years On, I think that “Postliberal” sums it up best
If an educational program shows amazing results, and there’s any possible way it’s selection bias – then it’s selection bias.
In a similar vein, courtesy of Maggie's Farm: Is it fair to say that most social programmes don’t work?
My oft-repeated cliche is that the first pass of most social programs picks off the low-hanging fruit and is probably effective. After that, it's more dollars, effort, and aggravation chasing less and less result.Great article. A hard-nosed approach to effective altruism, recognising the difficulties and not being swayed by pictures of puppies and kitties, would be valuable.
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