Hi there! I write – rarely – about a variety of topics, including effective altruism, philosophy, psychology, the far future and artificial intelligence, as well as epistemic and instrumental rationality.

Favorite Lists

Lists can be worth more than a thousand words so here some of mine.

Favorite thinkers and writers

Inspiring: Scott Alexander, Nick Bostrom, Bertrand Russell, Brian Tomasik, Eliezer Yudkowsky.
The Serious Middle: Carl Shulman, George Orwell, Sam Harris, Robin Hanson.
The Jesters of Existence: Arthur Schopenhauer, Michel Houellebecq, J.D. Salinger, DeliciousTacos.

Favorite books

  • Rationality: From AI to Zombies by Eliezer Yudkowsky
  • Superintelligence by Nick Bostrom
  • Why everyone (else) Is A Hypocrite by Robert Kurzban
  • The Moral Animal by Robert Wright
  • The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt
  • The Blank Slate by Steven Pinker
  • The Open Society And Its Enemies by Karl Popper
  • Moral Tribes by Joshua Greene
  • The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
  • The Autobiography Of Bertrand Russell by Bertrand Russell
  • Our Mathematical Universe by Max Tegmark
  • Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

My Goodreads profile with more books.

Favorite blog posts and essays

Favorite blogs and websites

  • Slate Star Codex
  • Foundational Research Institute

Favorite podcasts

  • S-Town (“Shit Town”)
  • Waking Up (by Sam Harris)
  • This American Life

Favorite movies & series

See this IMDb list of my favorite movies.

See this IMDb list of my favorite series.


You can reach me at: wallowinmaya|at|gmx|dot|de

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