I am Issa Rice. https://issarice.com/
Vipul Naik asked a similar question near the beginning of the pandemic.
What are your thoughts on chronic anxiety and DP/DR induced by psychedelics? Do you have an idea of how common this kind of condition is and how best to treat or manage it?
What do you think of the research chemicals scene (e.g. r/researchchemicals)?
For me, I don't think there is a single dominant reason. Some factors that seem relevant are:
How is Nonlinear currently funded, and how does it plan to get funding for the RFPs?
Another idea is to set up conditional AMAs, e.g. "I will commit to doing an AMA if at least n people commit to asking questions." This has the benefit of giving each AMA its own time (without competing for attention with other AMAs) while trying to minimize the chance of time waste and embarrassment.
That one is linked from Owen's post.
In the April 2020 payout report, Oliver Habryka wrote:
I’ve also decided to reduce my time investment in the Long-Term Future Fund since I’ve become less excited about the value that the fund can provide at the margin (for a variety of reasons, which I also hope to have time to expand on at some point).
I'm curious to hear more about this (either from Oliver or any of the other fund managers).
I am wondering how the fund managers are thinking more long-term about encouraging more independent researchers and projects to come into existence and stay in existence. So far as I can tell, there hasn't been much renewed granting to independent individuals and projects (i.e. granting for a second or third time to grantees who have previously already received an LTFF grant). Do most grantees have a solid plan for securing funding after their LTFF grant money runs out, and if so what do they tend to do?
I think LTFF is doing something valuable by giving people the freedom to not "sell out" to more traditional or mass-appeal funding sources (e.g. academia, established orgs, Patreon). I'm worried about a situation where receiving a grant from LTFF isn't enough to be sustainable, so that people go back to doing more "safe" things like working in academia or at an established org.
Any thoughts on this topic?
Ok I see, thanks for the clarification! I didn't notice the use of the phrase "the MIRI method", which does sound like an odd way to phrase it (if MIRI was in fact not involved in coming up with the model).