Favorite Things

Podcasts

  • The 80,000 Hours Podcast with Rob Wiblin
  • Rationally Speaking with Julia Galef
  • Books

  • Lying by Sam Harris
  • Rationality: From AI to Zombies by Eliezer Yudkowsky
  • How to Measure Anything by Douglas W. Hubbard
  • Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell
  • The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives of Everyday Life by Kevin Simler and Robin Hanson
  • Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance
  • Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink
  • Papers

  • Existential Risk Prevention as Global Priority by Nick Bostrom
  • The Vulnerable World Hypothesisby Nick Bostrom
  • That is not dead which can eternal lie: the aestivation hypothesis for resolving Fermi’s paradox. There is a response article, which may be argument-crushing, but I still love the original paper for exemplifying a certain type of grand, cosmic thinking.
  • Personal

    Sports

  • Running- Aside from time-efficient health-benefits, nothing quite matches the endorphins.
  • Swimming- I have a love-hate relationship with it, but it's hard to beat a 30 minute lap sesh.
  • Weighlifting- it's satisfying and everybody likes gains.
  • Intramural sports that involve running. IMO, nearly everyone should play pickup soccer, ultimate, or whatever floats their boat once a week.
  • Piano Songs

    I don't spend much time learning new songs anymore, but I still love to play:

  • Maple Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin
  • Nocturne in Eb Major by Frédéric Chopin
  • Moonlight Sonata 1st & 2nd movements by Beethoven
  • Time and Dream is Collapsing by Hans Zimmer
  • Various jazzy progressions