Introducing School of Thinking 2022-09-11T10:20:05.574Z
Testing a coherent social media outreach strategy for EA Chapters 2022-03-30T11:47:37.102Z


Comment by Luca Parodi on Where are the EA Influencers? · 2022-09-13T12:31:01.133Z · EA · GW

Hi Serena. I am the CEO and co-founder of School of Thinking, a fully EA-aligned and FTX-funded media project with 25.000 followers across three social media profiles (YouTube, TikTok and Instagram) in two languages (Italian and English). Last month we had 700.000 views on the Italian IG profile only. So I guess we can already qualify as EA micro-influencers. You can find more info about us here.

Comment by Luca Parodi on How to set up a UK organisation (Limited Company version) · 2022-04-22T12:17:01.147Z · EA · GW

That's exactly what I need at this exact moment since I am going to establish my company here in the UK. Can I contact you in private to ask more questions? 

As a reference: I will receive a grant from the FFF to launch my social media outreach project globally.

Comment by Luca Parodi on Prioritization Research for Advancing Wisdom and Intelligence · 2022-04-09T10:40:45.435Z · EA · GW

Hi Baptiste! Not even a single connection to the Continental tradition could be found in School of Thinking :D. 

Actually, I have always been pretty clear in defining my approach as strongly analytical/anglo-saxon. Until now, fortunately, I haven't received any particular resistance regarding my approach but mainly positive feedback, probably because most of my followers are into STEM or already into analytical philosophy. 

Comment by Luca Parodi on Open Thread: Spring 2022 · 2022-04-01T11:37:12.475Z · EA · GW

Hi Jack. I am really into cognitive enhancement. In 2020 (right before COVID) I did a two months research period at Bernhard Hommel's cognitive enhancement lab in Leiden. While I was a Cognitive Science student in Milan I did an exam with Roberta Ferrucci and one with Alberto Priori, two prominent TDCS as a cognitive enancher experts. At the last EAxOxford I spoke with Anders Sandberg about cognitive enhancement as an EA cause area. All to say that I am interested in what you are doing and that could be valuable to connect more people that are into "serious" (e.g. non risky and unproved biohacking shit) cognitive enhancement research

Comment by Luca Parodi on I feel anxious that there is all this money around. Let's talk about it · 2022-04-01T10:26:29.739Z · EA · GW

I have hang-ups about money in general. For several years after university I lived on about $12k a year (which is low by UK standards, though high by world ones). It's pretty surreal to be able to even consider applying for say 5x this as a salary. It's like going to a fancy restaurant for the first time ("the waiters bring the food to the table?") I just can't shake how surreal this all is.


I grow up in a relatively poor family in Italy. I learned English from scratch at 21. I graduated at 26 (way above the UK/US standards). I was able to survive at uni thanks to scholarships and sacrifices. Exactely one year ago I used to eat everyday in a desolate university canteen in Milan because I didn't have the money to afford to eat out more than twice per month. 

Now I am seriously reasoning about 7 digits funds, renting an office for my project's HQ in central London, and having a salary that is much higher than the sum of all my family's salaries. 

Long story short: yes, that could definitely make someone pretty anxious.

Comment by Luca Parodi on Testing a coherent social media outreach strategy for EA Chapters · 2022-03-30T15:19:53.111Z · EA · GW

It's a good question. The contents will not be the same, the strategy will. The idea is to enable different chapters to create content independently following common guidelines and best practices (in terms of graphics, tone of voice, etc). 

Comment by Luca Parodi on EA Memes Feb 2022 · 2022-02-17T12:29:07.452Z · EA · GW

Epistemic status: I re-made this meme to correct a typo and I made another typo. This is probably 'cause (Source: Måneskin) I'm Italiano  

Comment by Luca Parodi on EA Memes Feb 2022 · 2022-02-17T10:48:58.992Z · EA · GW
Comment by Luca Parodi on [deleted post] 2022-02-07T14:23:04.092Z

Writing an introduction to School of Thinking

Comment by Luca Parodi on FTX EA Fellowships · 2021-11-11T15:07:56.395Z · EA · GW

I am considering the option of working on an EA-related full-time project that I will start in December in part remotely as a digital-nomad, especially in order to know people from other EA communities mainly all around Europe.

Comment by Luca Parodi on Prioritization Research for Advancing Wisdom and Intelligence · 2021-11-03T16:54:25.492Z · EA · GW

Since I've been interested in these topics for years (and I have almost started a PhD at Leiden University about this) I am pondering the possibility of writing something in the same cluster of this post but slightly different - e.g. like "The case for cognitive enhancement as a priority cause", a reading list or something like that. 

But before that I want briefly to tell you my story. I think it could be valuable for this conversation by looking at like at a Minimum Viable Product for what you said here

"...For example, we could improve at teaching rationality, or we could make progress on online education..."

Since July 2020 I am running an educational project on Instagram (named @school_of_thinking) with the intention of teaching rationality to the general public (at the moment I have 12.500 follower). Not only rationality, actually, but also critical thinking, decision theory, strategic thinking, epistemology and effective communication. I've been a passive member of the rationalist community for several years and I decided to start this project in part because in Italy (the project is all runned in italian) we lack the critical thinking culture that is present in other anglo-saxon countries. An example of this is that I haven't found on any updated serious textbook on critical thinking written in italian. This project is all EA-value based. 

I've had a constant organic growth, a high and stable engagement rate (between 8% and 15%) and a decent number of positive and unbiased detailed feedbacks. It is all based on some informal pedagogic considerations that I have in mind about how to teach things in general. My idea now is to expand this project into other platforms, to create courses and books and to start a rationalist podcast. 

There will be too much to say about my project, but if anyone want to ask me questions I am completely open.  I also think I will write an entire post about it. 

Comment by Luca Parodi on Prioritization Research for Advancing Wisdom and Intelligence · 2021-11-03T16:30:14.336Z · EA · GW

Your initial point reminds me in some sense the orthogonality thesis by Nick Bostrom, but applied to humans. High IQ individuals acted in history to pursue completely different goals, so it's not automatic to assume that by improving humanity's intelligence as a whole we would assure for sure a better future to anyone.

At the same time I think we could be pretty much confident to assume that an higher IQ-level of humanity could at least enable more individuals to find optimal solutions to minimize the risks of undesirable moral outcomes from the actions of high-intelligent but morally-questionable individuals, while at the same time working on solving more efficiently other and more relevant problems.