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Being a donor for Fecal Microbiota Transplants (FMT): Do good & earn easy money (up to 180k/y) 2022-07-06T14:58:14.856Z
Some interesting quotes by Elon Musk 2022-05-17T12:40:30.932Z

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Comment by Anton Rodenhauser on Cause area: Short-sleeper genes · 2022-08-10T14:42:48.054Z · EA · GW

This sounds like a great stuff for a startup idea/(effective) entrepreneur ship. But It's probably not a good idea for a cause area. Public perception would be a problem.

Comment by Anton Rodenhauser on Being a donor for Fecal Microbiota Transplants (FMT): Do good & earn easy money (up to 180k/y) · 2022-08-10T04:42:09.355Z · EA · GW

Pm

Comment by Anton Rodenhauser on Meditation course claims 65% enlightenment rate: my review · 2022-08-01T14:03:11.954Z · EA · GW

I highly second the "longer meditation sessions" thing since I had a similar experience.  I feel like many people are giving up on meditation too early, saying "it doesn't do much for me", without ever really having tried it.  I spent one year meditating for 20 minutes each day. It probably did make me happier, but not in a dramatic way. Then I went on a 10-day silent meditation retreat and started meditating 1+ hours a day for a while and got dramatic benefits to the point that I feel like picking up meditation is by far the most impactful thing I've ever done to improve my well-being.

Well, but of course not everyone is in a position to meditate that much.

Comment by Anton Rodenhauser on Being a donor for Fecal Microbiota Transplants (FMT): Do good & earn easy money (up to 180k/y) · 2022-07-26T09:40:22.385Z · EA · GW

fightaging.org on "Towards the Use of Fecal Microbiota Transplantation to Rejuvenate the Gut Microbiome":   https://www.fightaging.org/archives/2022/07/towards-the-use-of-fecal-microbiota-transplantation-to-rejuvenate-the-gut-microbiome/

Comment by Anton Rodenhauser on Being a donor for Fecal Microbiota Transplants (FMT): Do good & earn easy money (up to 180k/y) · 2022-07-18T08:23:40.143Z · EA · GW

Our microbiomes age with us and gets worse over time. You can actually predict a person's age just by looking at their microbiome.

That's why you want as young as possible donors. And that's why FMT might even be a longevity intervention. You can rejuvenate old mice with FMTs from young ones! 

Comment by Anton Rodenhauser on Do EA folks want AGI at all? · 2022-07-16T10:32:37.982Z · EA · GW

I'm a (conditional) optimist. On an intuitive gut level, I can't wait for AGI and maybe even something like the singularity to happen!

I regurlarly think about this to me extremely inspiring fact that "It's totally possible, plausible, maybe even likely, that one special day in the next 10-60 years I will wake up and almost all of humanity's problems will have been solved with the help of AI".

When I sit in a busy park and watch the people around me, I think to myself: "On that special day... all the people I see here, all the people I know... if they are still alive... None of them will be seriously unhappy, none of them will have any serious worries, none will be sick in any way. They will all be free from any nighmares, and see their hopes and dreams fulfilled. They will all be flourishing in heaven on earth!"

This vision is what motivates me, inspires me, makes me extremely happy already today. This is what we are fighting for! If we play our cards right, something like this will happen. And I and so many I know will get to see it. I hope it will happen rather soon!

Comment by Anton Rodenhauser on EA for dumb people? · 2022-07-12T06:20:38.191Z · EA · GW

I'd change the title of this post to "EA for non-geniuses".

Someone around 100-120 IQ isn't dumb, but actually still above avr!

Comment by Anton Rodenhauser on EA for dumb people? · 2022-07-11T20:46:24.704Z · EA · GW

I couldn't agree more with this post! E.g. I feel like there should be an "80k for average smart people in the 100-130IQ ranche".

Comment by Anton Rodenhauser on Being a donor for Fecal Microbiota Transplants (FMT): Do good & earn easy money (up to 180k/y) · 2022-07-09T12:16:06.960Z · EA · GW

That's a great point! In fact, my next step was contacting them. Anyone knows them and might be able to introduce me?

Comment by Anton Rodenhauser on Being a donor for Fecal Microbiota Transplants (FMT): Do good & earn easy money (up to 180k/y) · 2022-07-06T17:24:16.649Z · EA · GW

I would say that FMTs are very safe to do at home. After all, you are just swallowing some pills or do an enema. The tricky part is donor screening for anything infectious. But it is easy to find out what to screen for and order the tests online or get a doctor to do them for you. 

 

But yeah, doing these tests for the donor is absolutely necessary, and it can be  dangerous if the donor isn't thoroughly screened! 

Comment by Anton Rodenhauser on Being a donor for Fecal Microbiota Transplants (FMT): Do good & earn easy money (up to 180k/y) · 2022-07-06T17:10:44.447Z · EA · GW

>Is it helpful for other chronic diseases? If so, how much and is it cost-effective?

I totally agree that the science isn't settled yet at all! But please see the “Why aren’t scientists more excited…” section. 

Also keep in mind that for many chronic diseases alternative effective treatments simply don’t exist yet, e.g. chronic fatigue syndrome, IBS, etc. Sure, the evidence on FMTs may not be conclusive. But it is at least suggestive. And that’s much better than nothing for many chronically ill. You don't need "definite proof" to make it worth a try, given that it is fairly easy, safe, and cheap (if you know the donor and he just gives his stool to you) to do FMTs yourself!


 

Comment by Anton Rodenhauser on Kurzgesagt - The Last Human (Longtermist video) · 2022-06-29T17:59:50.994Z · EA · GW

Could it be that "working at kurzgesagt" is an effective thing to do? One of the legitimate "communication paths"?

EAs working at Kurzgesagt could:

  •  steer them to create even more EA-aligned content
  • gain valuable "communication knowledge", to be used to create EA content later/elsewhere. Kurzgesagt does such a great job promoting ideas like longtermism in an uncontroversial not weird way that gets people to obviously agree with it - something EA often struggles with within media. We need to learn from them! And we want all the great EA content from 80k and elsewhere in a Kurzgesagt-style video format as well, and need people learning how to do that! AI alignment Youtube channels like Rob Miles' are great, but with someone with expertise from Kurzgesagt it could be so much better?! 
  •  Help Kurzgesagt to scale up massivly. They are already big but could be much bigger still. I'm thinking documentaries, educational books, apps, videogames, movies in cinemas, whole TV series, various subchannels for different topics and audiences, etc.  Let's help them become a giant media empire with a huge movement around it!
Comment by Anton Rodenhauser on Misercordia Launch!!! · 2022-06-14T14:51:16.276Z · EA · GW

It will be hard/impossible to find a design that suits everyone. One solution might be:

  • offer multiple design versions (let others submit them)
  • allow people to pre-commit to buying the designs of their choice
  •  if enough people for it to be worth it for you pre-commit to the same design, it will be printed and sold. Otherwise, nothing happens.

But yeah, much more effort!

Comment by Anton Rodenhauser on Existential Hope Hoodie and T-Shirt · 2022-06-14T14:45:05.827Z · EA · GW

Fantastic to see this happening!

Is the design already fixed in stone?

I'd suggest:

  • Making the words straight, not curved
  • Increase their font size
  • and make them two lines (maybe with the image between them?)
Comment by Anton Rodenhauser on Misercordia Launch!!! · 2022-06-14T14:31:25.022Z · EA · GW

Wow, that was quick!

Comment by Anton Rodenhauser on Misercordia Launch!!! · 2022-06-13T02:58:23.626Z · EA · GW

"The universe is vast, dark, and cold, but we are not.

The laws of physics are indifferent to desperation, hope, or love. But we are not.

There is no destiny written for us in the stars, so we write our own.

The stars and the mountains do not care, but we do! There is light in this world and it is us!"

———--

from a secular solstice. I'd pre-commit to buying a t-shirt with any of those paragraphs with some cool cosmic futuristic design.

Comment by Anton Rodenhauser on Misercordia Launch!!! · 2022-06-10T18:17:55.426Z · EA · GW

I love it! A newsletter notifying you about new products would be great (assuming there is more to come). I'd love "existential hope" themed motives!

Comment by Anton Rodenhauser on Go Republican, Young EA! · 2022-04-20T08:59:16.696Z · EA · GW

Scott Alexander wrote a nice article on what the Republican's program could/should be: https://astralcodexten.substack.com/p/a-modest-proposal-for-republicans?s=r   

Comment by Anton Rodenhauser on Why not offer a multi-million / billion dollar prize for solving the Alignment Problem? · 2022-04-17T16:29:28.341Z · EA · GW

This is already one of FFF's Project Ideas. https://ftxfuturefund.org/projects/#:~:text=on%20this%20list.-,AI%20alignment%20prizes,-Artificial%20Intelligence   Basically someone just needs to step forward and implement it!

Comment by Anton Rodenhauser on I'm writing a novel to promote EA · 2022-04-02T12:23:48.898Z · EA · GW

While not directly EA, I think fiction isalso great to promote some ideas from the Progress Movement, namely humanism, agency, and the idea that "problems are hard, but solvable".

I also feel that the idea that "actually, humans are good, and humanity is worth protecting" needs some promotion. We are not just some greedy, aggressive, nature-destroying species that the earth would probably be better off without!

Comment by Anton Rodenhauser on What EA projects could grow to become megaprojects, eventually spending $100m per year? · 2021-09-19T07:43:46.019Z · EA · GW

How about Qualia Research Institute?

https://www.qualiaresearchinstitute.org/blog/history-2021-strategy#what-we-would-do-with-more-funding