127 – All About Aging with Richard Acton

Richard Acton answered our plea for an expert in the field of aging science! He’s Post-doctoral researcher and bioinformatician at CECAD, A Cluster of Excellence Aging research institute at the University of Cologne. His PhD work focused on the Epigenetics of aging Including ‘aging clocks’ which permit you to estimate the ‘biological age’ or time to death of an organism.

Some links from Richard:

In the spirit of We’ve Got Worm/We Want MoR, he started his own podcast with his friend Micheal in the role of Scott/Brian as he reads a sci-fi book “Dawn” by Octavia Butler which deals with biology in a more interesting way than many other books in the genre

He read Nick Bostrom’s Superintelligence whilst at the Effective Altruism global summit Oxford which featured a CFAR workshop, which he ripped off/remixed and taught at a couple of Humanist Groups

He has one blog post on LessWrong about inferential distances

He made a deck of cards for all the cognitive biases that people can buy!

Other links:

Here’s the link to the cheaper version of the “how old are your cells” thing

Every Life Is On Fire by Jeremy England

And a link to the short story Eneasz mentioned, The Secret Number

Hey look, we have a discord! What could possibly go wrong?

Rationality: From AI to Zombies, The Podcast… and the other podcast

LessWrong posts Discussed in this Episode:

How to Convince Me That 2 + 2 = 3

The Bottom Line

Next Episode’s Sequence Posts:

What Evidence Filtered Evidence?


Details page on Eneasz’s offer to read Less Wrong posts

Big thanks to David for our intro music! Check out his music and VFX here!

We’d like to thank creators of our new outro music from the Sumerki Project! Check out their stuff here!

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  1. Pingback: 187 – GitHub & Review Bounties to Save Science, with Richard Acton | The Bayesian Conspiracy

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