I argue that, from an evolutionary game theory perspective, it is not surprising that effective altruism is not popular. I describe a toy model based on earlier work on the evolution of altruism.
This essay was for a nice course Evolutionary Game Theory, and it shaped my views a lot. Evolutionary Game Theory is to Classical Game Theory what Behavioral Economics is to Classical Economics – same models, more realistic assumptions, and thereby able to explain more phenomena. I liked the evolution of altruism and cooperation and wrote an essay on the topic. The course put agent-based modelling on my radar, which I have yet to learn at time of writing (January 2020).