Crucial Considerations are ideas that potentially imply radical changes to our world-view and priorities – radical changes to what we should think and do, as individuals and society. Put another way, they concern issues where mistakes are most dangerous (for the achievement of our goals), issues that we want to make especially sure we “get right”. As Nick Bostrom points out, “if we have overlooked even just one such consideration, then all our best efforts might be for naught – or less. When headed the wrong way, the last thing needed is progress.” Locating crucial considerations is a matter of big-picture thinking and asking the right questions, it requires interdisciplinary expertise and knowledge about formal and human (ir)rationality.
Crucial Considerations (CC) is a blog by the Foundational Research Institute (FRI), which investigates the best ways to reduce suffering in humanity’s future. While FRI focuses on novel prioritisation research, this blog covers a broader range of topics. It thereby elucidates the background of FRI research and provides a general introduction to topics at the intersection of science and ethics. We hope to create a growing resource on crucial, potentially game-changing topics in science, philosophy, rationality and ethics.