Aleksi Maunu

40Joined Jun 2019


Cause area: Short-sleeper genes

Can you expand on this? Is it that anything to do with genes is controversial? Maybe also the possibility that success in this could increase rich people's societal advantages over poor people even more? (I listened to the post yesterday and might've forgotten some key points)

Why You Should Give a TEDX Talk

Great job on the talk! :)

I'd be curious to know in more detail how giving the books to the audience was done

The AI Messiah

Thanks a lot for this comment! I think delving into the topic of epistemic learned helplessness will help me  learn how to form proper inside views, which is something I've been struggling with.


I'm very worried about this ceasing to be the case.

Are you worried just because it would be really bad if EA in the future (say 5 years)  was much worse at coming to correct conclusions, or also because you think it's likely that will happen?

New Book: "Reasoned Politics" + Why I have written a book about politics

Just a heads up: there's an extra "." at the end of the link you posted

How meditation has helped my EA mindset

Thanks for the post! I especially enjoyed the mini EA forum literature review aspect of it. 😄

 I personally definitely feel a disconnect between my intellectual understanding and feelings about suffering in the world, and am hoping meditation will help me have my emotions match my understanding more.

Against Negative Utilitarianism

I wonder how one could explain the pleasures of learning about a subject as contentment, relief, or anticipated relief. Maybe they'd describe it as getting rid of the suffering-inducing desire to get knowledge / acceptation from peers / whatever motivates people to learn?

I'm sure it would be possible to find meditators who came to the opposite conclusion about well-being.

If someone reading this happens to know of any I'd be interested to know! I wouldn't be that surprised if they were very rare, since my (layman) impression is that Buddhism aligns well with suffering-focused ethics, and I assume most meditators are influenced by Buddhism.

We need alternatives to Intro EA Fellowships

We've also been toying around with this idea in Helsinki University and Aalto University, haven't done anything concrete yet though.

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