Felix Karg


Matt Levine on "Fraud is no fun without friends."

Ah, I see — the devil is in the detail. We are not really disagreeing about most things. I see it as a policy question where I think that network effects are more important, while your focus is (correct me if I got that wrong) on the importance of individual motivations.

that glamour/parties/fun are not the primary attractive feature of work for the people who are making the world move forward.

You are right, but their secondary effects are potentially more important: attracting more people who can work on moving the world forward. I can see why having a significant amount of people like that could be problematic for any organization, which is maybe (?) enough reason to avoid them on the policy level.


(there was a post about that some time ago, I tried to find it again but couldn't. The basic argument was that charities should not claim to be the 'single best', since they could benefit more from people giving overall than competing against each other. The basic argument still holds: for big causes, more people are generally better if you can efficiently use them, whatever their primary motivation really is.)

Matt Levine on "Fraud is no fun without friends."

Destroy the camaraderie, and the less talented/dedicated people, those who are most attracted to the sheer camaraderie, will quit.

In my experience, camaraderie is one of the attracting forces especially for more talented and dedicated people, since they already have/or can easily get 'everything else'.

Genetic Engineering: How would you change your DNA?

Good catch, I didn't consider this possibility

Anti-Aging: State of the Art

Thank you for writing this, it was very helpful to me. I will read up on a number of links you provided in the post itself and other comments.

I'm starting to dabble in Biology since last Semester (Computer Science Bachelors, currently doing Master’s degree) as a minor, some of my current interests are:

  • Epigenetics
    Especially related with newly available computational methods and experiments doable with CRISPR-modifications. What are the active areas of research?
  • Simulation
    Particularly of biological pathways or other relevant parts. What is commonly simulated? To what degree?
  • Measuring
    How easy it is to measure the 'Hallmarks of Aging', and how accurate are their relative predictions? What other measurements would be great to have (soon)?

For me, it is not ultimately clear that they are relevant for the field at all, so bear with my selfishness here. I would especially be interested in a (slightly more technical) introduction to the current state of the Art, active areas of research, how it is related to anti-aging research, and how to learn more about each of them.

Furthering anti-aging-research/awareness is actually a secondary career goal of mine, the first/current one is figuring out how to consistently raise the sanity waterline in organizations. It might even be possible to fulfill both at one organization, we'll see.

What currents of thought on LessWrong do you want to see distilled?

While I am quite the fan of current 'idea'-LessWrong, I would love to see a collection of actionable rationality exercises, especially about core concepts such as those from the sequences.

Explanations should be mainly for non-rationalists. This could be a go-to to forward to people roughly interested in the topic, but without the time to read through the 'theoretical' posts. Think Hammertime but formulated specifically for non-'formal'-rationalists. Doing them should be entertaining and result in an intuitive understanding of the same concepts, and deeper understanding through having applied them.


Basically, more exercises. More explicit application.

Against GDP as a metric for timelines and takeoff speeds

Thank you, this post has been quite insightful. I still have this lingering feeling, maybe you can help me with that: what if the creation of unaligned AGI just so happens to not have any (noticeable) effect on GWP at all? Nanobot creation (and other projects) might just happen to not, or only minimally involve monetary transfers — I can think of many reasons why this might be preferable (traceability!), and how it might be doable (e.g. manipulate human agents without paying them).

Great minds might not think alike

Someone should start a collection of good translator-resources between different thinking styles. I might end up working on something similar in the far future ...

Covid 12/24: We’re F***ed, It’s Over

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I was under the impression that recombination is not a thing for RNA-based lifeforms? That, and it would require at least some form of 'pollination', I believe?

How Hard Would It Be To Make A COVID Vaccine For Oneself?

Thank you for asking, I was wondering about exactly this myself earlier today - how much effort would it require creating something vaccine-like myself?

parenting rules

Thank you for writing that down. I would go so far as to argue that these are good rules for interacting with other people, not just children. How well someone does as a parent has a big influence on the children, but even everyday interactions tend to have an influence on other people (and yourself, for that matter).

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