there are many valid criticisms of the crypto ecosystem, many of which I agree with (such as the hypecycle nature of the + web3 wave, the speculative nature of most image NFTs, & the immaturity of the end-user UX & onboarding/security flows)

but a grift that doesn't make

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many crypto-skeptics miss that a significant contingent of the crypto ecosystem is values-driven & as such is prone to engaging in apparently suboptimal behavior, as their optimization window is much longer term than one would expect for the profit-driven

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RT @pee_zombie
I posit that the divergence is one of values and theory of change, specifically in how one envisions the relationship between the two. does change flow from values?…
twitter.com/pee_zombie/status/

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there's certainly good arguments that can be made regarding how decentralized "crypto" really is based on funding structures and resource imbalances, but the nature of the technology is such that there simply is not any one party capable of unilaterally enacting changes

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the command hierarchy bias is a useful metabolic optimization, as very many phenomena can indeed be accurately explained in this way

but it becomes incoherent when there isn't a central authority from which causation flows

decentralized systems are not explainable in this way

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this pattern is a manifestation of the same command hierarchy bias that drives the conspiratorial impulse; people tend to privilege explanations of phenomena with a single agentic actor over epiphenomenal explanations where it emerges from the behavior of many independent actors
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RT @dystopiabreaker
a pattern i've noticed with some loud blockchain critics:

if something about the system isn't ideal or they don't like it, they of…
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A: crypto is useless, just a useless overly complex pile of tech in search of a problem
B: oh ok. what are you working on instead? something more useful?
A: yeah, Haskell.

we really do be doin this sometimes tho
trading sex for other resources is not the sole domain of women

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RT @Pavel_Asparagus
Gonna sleep w this girl so she let's me explain Bitcoin to her
twitter.com/Pavel_Asparagus/st

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if you're taking it to go zoom and not just to function then that's ok you tweaker you

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the cure for ADHD is to understand the dynamics of your dysfunction and build coping mechanisms and habits into a life system which allows you to function like a normal person after you let go of the crutch that is the pill
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RT @oncloud_b
it will never stop being funny to me that the cure for ADHD is to take a pill at the same time every morning
twitter.com/oncloud_b/status/1

he just wants to explain things
she just wants attention and free food
they're on a date
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RT @Pavel_Asparagus
Hookers but for tech bros who just want to explain something to a woman
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if you ever find yourself thinking something like "doing this will make both of us miserable but it's necessary for the relationship" I would urge you to consider what a relationship is if not something two people who care a out each other are doing together

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many make the mistake of reifying the relationship, bringing it onto the same ontological status as the people within it; this is a grave mistake, as it allows you to do such nonsense as prioritizing the sake of "the relationship" over that of the person ur supposed to care about
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RT @embryosophy
@cognazor relationships are egregores
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we play word games, moving them around like Lego bricks, trying to find the right way to arrange them to make meaning

we call this process thinking, but we're merely playing w/ shadows; the move is to let go the symbolic representations & access the raw concepts directly

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in a high-dimensional space, complex transformations are simple, linear; but when projected into a lower space, the same transformations are that much messier to represent

this is why the simplest way to solve a difficult problem often is to find the right higher representation

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any planar projection of a >=3D object inherently necessitates a dimensional reduction; the trick is to minimize lossiness thru salience preservation

in other words, choosing which parts to not cut out very wisely

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language is but the shadows cast onto the wall of Plato's cave by the luminous manifold of meaning

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