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5 Things You Love Learning From a Blockchain Founder

5 things I appreciated learning from @Breedlove22's

@WhatisMoneyShow with @JeffBooth

Wisdom brain

humans BTC Bitcoin gratitude (1/25)

1. The power of networks. - Metcalf's law states the number of connections increases exponentially as you add users to a network. @Breedlove22

highlights how you can view the synaptic connections of neurons in the brain as a network (2/25)

that ultimately create an extremely powerful supercomputer. - I love the magic of networks and how they tend to naturally add more value to our lives due to their ability to increase cooperation at scale. (3/25)

- No one knows exactly why humans have a unique position in the animal kingdom (thumbs, brains, speech etc.) however my personal understanding is we excel in our ability to create shared fictions (🙏@harari_yuval that we can trust. (4/25)

This enables our marginal efforts to be put toward creativity and improvement as opposed to security. We do 100% need security and boundaries as without that nothing would happen and we would all dissolve into an entropic soup (🙏@BernardoKastrup (5/25)

It seems the goal is sufficient security that enables us to trust so subsequent efforts are applied towards growth. - This conversation also led me to imagine this analogy could be expanded from synapses in an individual brain to interactions between humans on Earth. (6/25)

- Just as individual synapses fire and wire to create human intelligence, the interaction between all of us and our environment creates a network of planetary intelligence. As @AlanWattsOrg says apple trees produce apples, planet earth produces peoples (7/25)

2. How the brain makes life easier. "The brain is constantly working to make things easy and subconscious by predicting and automating" @JeffBooth

- The rise + run of stairs is often set to 18 inches. If you vary too much from it people stumble and fall. (8/25)

The prediction mechanism in the brain is very quick and seamlessly slides this "climbing stairs" process into the subconscious so I never realize how much it's doing for me until I'm reminded, something goes wrong, or it occurs to me to appreciate it. (9/25)

- This also reminded me of @jk_rowlings genius in Harry Potter where hogwarts castle had embedded security in its design by having trick steps and moving staircases that are eventually (10/25)

remembered and embedded into the subconscious of those who use it daily but would catch intruders off guard (or Neville Longbottom) (11/25)

3. Seeing suffering as a learning signal. When what you wanted doesn't happen you either update your model or you push away the learning. -@JeffBooth - When your internal model doesn't match with reality you suffer.


The degree and intensity of the suffering is dependent on how far off you were and how important it was to you to be right.

- Viewing suffering this way you can change the cue-response habit (🙏@JamesClear from [suffering = I'm being personally victimized] (13/25)

to [suffering = information from my body's intelligence] telling me that my internal model does not match external reality and the pain is helping enforce change to something more true and therefore more useful! (14/25)

4. Identifying with the truth will set you free "When your ego is bigger than your skillset you fail" @Breedlove22 When our models of reality don't match reality we need to allow the pain to inform us ie put us in-formation. (🙏@jordanbpeterson (15/25)

Resistance to the pain will only serve to enhance the gap between our beliefs and reality and set us up for greater corrections down the road. This is hard for me to do but gets easier the more I identify as the one who seeks truth so when parts of my thinking (beliefs)


have to die my identity as "truth finder" gets stronger. - As the @SarahNilestar (Sharon Stone, the therapist) says to @TedLasso (@jasonsudeikis "The truth will set you free but first it will piss you off!" (17/25)

-@RayDalio also taught me this when he said "I don't want to be right I want to know what is right" and "Pain + reflection = progress" (18/25)

5. The necessity of trust "When people come together, they become much more productive" Geoffrey West - @Breedlove22 shares from Geoffrey's book Scale that network effects in large cities only works when there is trust. The nodes in a network need to (19/25)

agree on a shared framework for the power of scale to materialize.

- I appreciate this mental model as it highlights how the most powerful online platforms all work by increasing trust between two parties. (20/25)

- Departmental stores aggregate many small brands into one larger brand that provides a convenient customer service experience, and there is trust in the ability to return things which further enables you to buy more (22/25)

- @Uber & @lyft enables trust between a driver and a passenger who have never met to execute a win-win at 3 am on a random street corner. (23/25)

- The power of this trust enables us to focus more energy toward productive action and less toward protective measures thus making the outcome better for all parties involved. (24/25)

Trust in money (bitcoin) is arguably fundamental as it is the storage form aka battery of our energy and time. You want one that will securely hold its charge, and be just as effective when it's time to use it. (25/25)

This post is based on this twitter thread.


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