Toby Ord is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute, where his work is focused on existential risk. He founded Giving What We Can, an international society whose members pledge to donate at least 10% of their income to effective charities, and is a key figure in the effective altruism movement, which promotes using reason and evidence to help the lives of others as much as possible.
Interviews with Toby Ord
Maps of Time: An Introduction to Big History
by David Christian
Origins: How The Earth Made Us
by Lewis Dartnell
The Five Ages of the Universe: Inside the Physics of Eternity
by Fred Adams & Gregory Laughlin
Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space
by Carl Sagan
by Greg Egan
‘Big history’ looks at history on the timescale of the Earth and the universe, rather than just the short period of time that humanity has been around. Here, Toby Ord, a moral philosopher at Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute, recommends books to get a handle on it, and explains why now is a critical time for Homo sapiens.