About John Black

Currently interested in art, computing, management, social media, games, science, politics, music, animation, internet, business, flow, dance, running, parenting - but it changes often.

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  • John shared from The Social Mind: Language, Ideology, and Social Practice by James Paul Gee
    The study of meaning, including the study of the meaning of mental terms like "believe", "think", and "remember", is not the study of the mind or brain, but of the world and the social practices of people in it.
    Note: "The study of meaning..is not the study of mind..but of the world & the social practices of people."
  • John shared from The Social Mind: Language, Ideology, and Social Practice by James Paul Gee
    networks are what's in our heads, and they are poor candidates for meaning,
    Note: "networks are what's in our heads, and they are poor candidates for meaning,"-how about blockchains?
  • John shared from Meaningful: The Story of Ideas That Fly by Bernadette Jiwa
    The challenge for every company, entrepreneur, business owner and innovator is understanding which ideas will fly and why. The solution lies in following a principle that management consultant Peter Drucker spoke about decades ago: ‘the purpose of business is to create and keep a customer’. Drucker goes as far as to say that the customer is the ‘starting point’ of a business’s purpose.
    Note: "...which ideas will fly and why..."
  • John shared from Blockchain: Blueprint for a New Economy by Melanie Swan
    With this tool, the blockchain can be used to prove the existence and exact contents of a document or other digital asset at a certain time (a revolutionary capability). Providing timestamped data in an unalterable state while maintaining confidentiality is perfect for a wide range of legal and civic applications.
    Note: The blockchain can be used to prove the existence and exact contents of a document at a certain time
  • John shared from Blockchain: Blueprint for a New Economy by Melanie Swan
    One broad way of thinking about the use of blockchain concepts is applying them beyond the original context to see ways in which everything is like an economy, a market, and a currency — and equally important, how everything is not like an economy. This is a mindset that requires recognizing the fundamental properties of economics and markets in real-life situations. Blockchain technology helps elucidate that everything we see and experience, every system in life, is economics to some degree: a system for allocating resources.
    Note: Blockchain technology: important because everything is economic to degree-an allocation of resources
  • John shared from Debt - Updated and Expanded: The First 5,000 Years by David Graeber
    After all, we do owe everything we are to others. This is simply true. The language we speak and even think in, our habits and opinions, the kind of food we like to eat, the knowledge that makes our lights switch on and toilets flush, even the style in which we carry out our gestures of defiance and rebellion against social conventions—all of this we learned from other people, most of them long dead. If we were to imagine what we owe them as a debt, it could only be infinite.
    Note: "...we do owe everything we are to others." #debt #Euro #bitcoin #blockchain #ledger
  • John shared from Debt - Updated and Expanded: The First 5,000 Years by David Graeber
    Human nature does not drive us to “truck and barter.” Rather, it ensures that we are always creating symbols—such as money itself. This is how we come to see ourselves in a cosmos surrounded by invisible forces; as in debt to the universe.
    Note: Human nature drives us to create symbols -such as money. #bitcoin #blockchain #euro
  • John shared from Debt - Updated and Expanded: The First 5,000 Years by David Graeber
    In this sense, the value of a unit of currency is not the measure of the value of an object, but the measure of one’s trust in other human beings.
    Note: Money represents trust in the common knowledge of the value of a unit of trade. #bitcoin #volatility
  • John shared from Debt - Updated and Expanded: The First 5,000 Years by David Graeber
    Credit Theorists insisted that money is not a commodity but an accounting tool.
    Note: The essence of money is the ledger, not the bills. #bitcoin #blockchain
  • John shared from The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and Digital Money Are Challenging the Global Economic Order by Paul Vigna, Michael J. Casey
    “Now the crowd has their own business model,” says Jeremiah Owyang, the founder of the consulting service Crowd Companies. Offering a broad definition of the collaborative economy that encompasses everything from barter to lending to gifting, Owyang suggests that the entire human populace is now taking charge of the means of production and changing the rules of the game. “They’re making their own freaking currencies, for God’s sake,” Owyang adds emphatically.
    Note: "...the entire human populace is now taking charge of the means of production..." #crowdcapitalism
(Charlottesville, VA)
John Black
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