Phil Torres

Oct 19, 2021

6 min read

Understanding “Longtermism” and Related Ideas

Welcome! The aim of this document is to provide a few resources for those interested in better understanding the “longtermist” ideology. This is a “living” document in the sense that I will frequently update it, so please check back on occasion if you’d like.

I am worried about “longtermism” — the notion that what matters most is how things go in the very long term, thousands, millions, billions, and trillions of years from now — for three main reasons: first, it is built on quite shaky ground, and indeed (as I argue here) its underlying assumptions…