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

They say lists can be worth more than a thousand words.


Most favorite thinkers humans: Scott Alexander, Bertrand Russell, Brian Tomasik, Sam Harris, George Orwell, Nick Bostrom, Carl Shulman, Eliezer Yudkowsky. (I didn’t add several of my personal friends because they are (much) less well-known.)

The jesters of existence: Arthur Schopenhauer, Michel Houellebecq, J.D. Salinger, DeliciousTacos.


  • 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.

Blog posts and essays

Blogs and websites

  • Slate Star Codex
  • Foundational Research Institute


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

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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