Escaping Our Epistemic Path-Dependence, From the Ground Up

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The Excluded Middle: Can you eat it?

Are you infected with the Logic Memeplex?

Let’s run a quick field test, just to be sure: have you heard about the Law of the Excluded Middle?

If so, you’re most likely infected. At least partly. It may be dormant.

This memetic infection, which dates back to Plato and his three Laws of Thought, states that:

For any proposition, either that proposition is true or its negation is true.

A thing is, or it is not. Simple enough…

This law, alongside its two mischievous bed fellows — The Law of Non-Contradiction and The Law of Identity — planted the seeds from which modern logic sprang. …


Do our evolved archetypes serve us in a time of exponential change?

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An Illustration from Carl Jung’s Red Book, depicting the pre-cosmogonic egg of archetypal reality.

In a few decades of reconstruction, even the mathematical natural sciences, the ancient archetypes of theoretical perfection, have changed habit completely!
— Edmund Husserl

We presently stand witness to a resurgence in the archetypal interpretation of our collective experience.

Our return to the narrative well of archetypal wisdom makes a great deal of sense. After all, those who understand archetypes also understand that these imagistic representations emerged from humanity’s need to carry with us— on our long journey across the evolutionary landscape — information pertaining to the past successes and failures of humans who tried to solve problems that simply wouldn’t go away. …


A brief, albeit deep, dive into the dynamics of techno-social fragmentation

The below represents an experiment with stream-of-consciousness writing in a single sitting. As Pascal said:

“I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time.”

Therefore, the ideas herein are presented as a working outline of these thoughts.

Caveat lector.

Lately I’ve been studying the topological transformations of our communication networks as a function of technological evolution, and attempting to understand the impact that this evolution has upon both our individual and collective phenomenological experience of reality.

An early metaphor I used to describe the more chaotic side-effects of this process was that of the augmented evolutionary organism, in which the many highly differentiated and fine-tuned structures–as well as the patterns of connectivity between those structures–were disturbed by a massive “connectivity event”, namely the advent of the…


Trust, Time, and Coordinating Our Shared Future

This is the fifth installment of a long form essay — or short book — outlining my macro perspective on how the emerging crypto ecosystem fits within the greater context of biological, cultural, and economic evolution. I intend to initially publish each installment separately. Afterward, I’ll release the content in its entirety, with additional notes and research materials, in e-book form.

If you haven’t already read the first four installments of this series, you should probably read them before continuing with this article, as each installment builds upon earlier concepts.

Otherwise, strap in, because this installment is quite the long and winding ride.


Facebook, Google, and the Future of Data Ownership

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Only 400 short years ago, humanity slowly awoke to the truth that ownership of individual human beings constituted a great moral evil. For millennia, cultures across the globe had reduced humans of other tribes, sects, or races — absent compensation or consent — to literal sub-human economic foundations upon which they constructed civilizations.

It’s important to note that this pattern emerged at the intersection of our innate tribal dispositions and proximate economic incentives. Slaves were byproducts of their neighbors’ insatiably rapid growth, overrun by the interests of civilizations bent upon expanding their material dominion in the most cost-effective possible manner. Thus, the narrative of slave as sub-human constituted a convenient ex post facto rationalization of economically expedient exploitation the world over. But eventually we realized that the true cost of this short-sighted exploitation was the very soul of humanity itself. …


The Primary Dimensions of Sacrifice: Time and Quality

This is the fourth installment of a long form essay — or short book — outlining my macro perspective on how the emerging crypto ecosystem fits within the greater context of biological, cultural, and economic evolution. I intend to publish each installment weekly, over a period of 3–4 weeks. Afterward, I’ll release the content in its entirety, with additional notes and research materials, in e-book form.

If you haven’t already read the first, second, and third installments in this series, you should read them before continuing with this article, as each installment builds upon earlier concepts.

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“The ultimate test of man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.” …


Civilization’s Centralization of Value Symbols

This is the third installment of a long form essay — or short book — outlining my macro perspective on how the emerging crypto ecosystem fits within the greater context of biological, cultural, and economic evolution. I intend to publish each installment weekly, over a period of 3–4 weeks. Afterward, I’ll release the content in its entirety, with additional notes and research materials, in e-book form.

If you haven’t already read the first and second installments in this series, you should read them before continuing with this article, as each installment builds upon earlier concepts.

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Even though from a strictly physical viewpoint accelerations in city building are the result of intensifications in the flow of energy, the actual form that a given town takes is determined by human decision making. A similar distinction between centralized and decentralized decision making must be made with respect to the social institutions that determine how energy flows through a city — that is, with respect to the city’s “distribution systems”. …


Money, Utility, and the Symbolic Abstraction of Value

This is the second installment of a long form essay — or short book — outlining my macro perspective on how the emerging crypto ecosystem fits within the greater context of biological, cultural, and economic evolution. I intend to publish each installment weekly, over a period of 3–4 weeks. Afterward, I’ll release the content in its entirety, with additional notes and research materials, in e-book form.

If you haven’t already read the first installment in this series, you should read it before continuing with this article, as each installment builds upon earlier concepts.

Money and Utility: The Margins of Value

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A Japanese pearl diver on the hunt for oysters. Does she create, or seek, value?

“To understand the limitation of things, desire them.” …


An evolutionary survey of human value representation and exchange

Welcome to the first installment of a long form essay — or short book — outlining my macro perspective on how the emerging crypto ecosystem fits within the greater context of biological, cultural, and economic evolution. I intend to publish each installment weekly, over the next 3–4 weeks. Afterward, I’ll release the content in its entirety, with additional notes and research materials, in e-book form.

As each section is published, they’ll be added here.

Enjoy, and I look forward to engaging with all comments shared in good faith.

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The great source of both the misery and disorders of human life, seems to arise from over-rating the difference between one permanent situation and another. Avarice over-rates the difference between poverty and riches: ambition, that between a private and a public station: vain-glory, that between obscurity and extensive reputation. The person under the influence of any of those extravagant passions, is not only miserable in his actual situation, but is often disposed to disturb the peace of society, in order to arrive at that which he so foolishly admires. …


Complexity lurking beneath shallow mirrors.
They may well surround humanity, for that is all we are.

Search for yourself in another.

Delve into your consciousness, portrayed upon their face.
Evolve into the nothing, be the human race.

Why the mind objects,
the deft may only know.

Divided into sects,
perpetuate the flow.

Be the ever growing, conscious yet divine,
innocently distancing the proverbial sublime.

Kill the senses.
Drown the mind.
Be the problem.
Long as you are kind.

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Matthew Pirkowski

Bringing Order to Chaos, and Chaos to Order.

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