Room

Labyrinth Wall

4 types of curious people
  1. The Fascinated: high on all dimensions of curiosity, particularly Joyous Exploration
  2. Problem Solvers: high on Deprivation Sensitivity, medium on other dimensions
  3. Empathizers: high on Social Curiosity, medium on other dimensions
  4. Avoiders: low on all dimensions, particularly Stress Tolerance
5 Dimensions of Curiosity
  1. Joyous Exploration. This is the prototype of curiosity—the recognition and desire to seek out new knowledge and information, and the subsequent joy of learning and growing.
  2. Deprivation Sensitivity. This dimension has a distinct emotional tone, with anxiety and tension being more prominent than joy—pondering abstract or complex ideas, trying to solve problems, and seeking to reduce gaps in knowledge.
  3. Stress Tolerance. This dimension is about the willingness to embrace the doubt, confusion, anxiety, and other forms of distress that arise from exploring new, unexpected, complex, mysterious, or obscure events.
  4. Social Curiosity. Wanting to know what other people are thinking and doing by observing, talking, or listening in to conversations.
  5. Thrill Seeking. The willingness to take physical, social, and financial risks to acquire varied, complex, and intense experiences.
Craftsmanship

Craftsmanship means dwelling on a task for a long time and going deeply into it, because you want to get it right.

The Power Process

The Power Process has 4 elements:

  1. Goal
  2. Effort
  3. Attainment of the goal
  4. Autonomy

But for most people it is through the power process—having a goal, making an AUTONOMOUS effort and attaining the goal—that self-esteem, self-confidence and a sense of power are acquired.

Dymaxion Car

Invented by Buckminster Fuller, is an example of his use of artifacts to test the validity of his ideas.

The Ship of Theseus

The ship wherein Theseus and the youth of Athens returned from Crete had thirty oars, and was preserved by the Athenians down even to the time of Demetrius Phalereus, for they took away the old planks as they decayed, putting in new and stronger timber in their places, insomuch that this ship became a standing example among the philosophers, for the logical question of things that grow; one side holding that the ship remained the same, and the other contending that it was not the same.

-Plutarch

Unnecessary conveniences

Full Stack Human Being

A human being with a significant skill set that provides high self-reliance and autonomy.

In my case, an ideal skill set:

  • Cooking
  • Fixing / Repairing
  • Coding
  • Writing
  • Drawing
  • Playing Music

(Fixing / Repairing encapsulates a good number of items I should break down.)

Specialization is for Insects

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

-Robert A. Heinlein

Bliss Station

You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creating incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen.

Joseph Campbell in The Power of Myth

// love that it is either a space or a time
Everything is a process

Everything is a process. The idea of identity is an illusion.

3 common type of project risks
  • Market risk: Do people want what we’re building?
  • Technical risk: Can we actually build it?
  • Financial risk: Will people buy what we’re building?
Find your voice

Through:

  • Authenticity
  • Intuition, developed while mastering a craft.
  • Transparency, to be honest with yourself, know what you like and what you do well.
Sympathetic Magic

By physically copying things, you make them real.

15 Minute City

Urban plan so that an individual can satisfy all her needs within 15 min walking (biking) distance.

Contextual Banking

Embedding banking features and services within a larger workflow.

Never finished, just released

Starting up a company in 2020s is easier than ever because technology has decreased the barriers to build the product and to acquire customers.

The reason why the Gini Coefficient is increasing is because we are beginning to start up companies again.

Starting up companies has always been the way people amassed fortunes, but it was inhibited for most part of 20th Century.

Gini Coefficient

Gini Coefficient measures statistical dispersion to assess income (or wealth) inequality.

Definition of Art

”Art is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.”

Leo Tolstoi

Best editing advice:

“What were you really trying to say?”

Seven blind men and an elephant

The parable of seven blind men touching seven different parts of an elephant, all of them building a different image of what the animal is like, all of them being right, none of them is complete.

We buy symbols. We don’t buy what they are, but what they represent.

Convenience kills autonomy

A trade off worth considering: the more convenient we make something, the less autonomy the individual has.

Convenience lowers the entry barrier, so that many people can use something.

On the other hand, the convenience introduces a dependency, limiting the capacity of the individual to freely explore its full potential.

Improve, develop, customize

The key point is to avoid wanting something new, and to foster the idea of developing, improving and customizing what I already have.

Developing, improving and customizing what I already have requires skills, acquiring what you want requires money. One enslaves you, the other frees you up.

Nothing ever ends

Labyrinth Entry

“Like all men of the Labyrinth, in my younger days I travelled.”

  • All of the Labyrinth’s rooms
  • The Labyrinth’s Wall
  • Create one new cell