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An integral review of Nonviolent Communication

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So, I bought the book “Nonviolent Communication” recently, and since it’s only 200 pages, with about 50 pages of it being introductions and quizzes and stories, it was a fairly quick read.  Integral philosophy has again proven to be a superb lens with which to understand and analyze things like this. Here is what I think: Nonviolent communication is a thoroughly postmodern...

On the Brett Kavanaugh affair

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I have struggled greatly with the extremely complex issues that are intertwined in the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court.  We are currently, as a society, trying to have a simultaneous conversation about sexual assault allegations, credibility, due process, feminism, bro culture, the limits of memory, substance abuse, forgiveness, liberal vs conservative politics, power...

Resources for learning about Integral Theory/Spiral Dynamics

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Over the last couple of years, I have read many books and sat through many videos on  Integral Theory/Spiral Dynamics so that you don’t have to. Below are my best recommendations for further investigation, with some notes and cautions. Note:  Many of the resources below focus only on Spiral Dynamics. Spiral Dynamics is a subset of Integral Philosophy that focuses on practical, real-world...

Integral in real life: The changing views of antitrust regulation

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A recent New York Times article writes about a young lawyer, Lina Khan, with a “breakthrough” view of monopolies and antitrust regulation, and she is targeting Amazon in her activism. She says that Amazon “should not get a pass on anticompetitive behavior just because it makes customers happy. Once-robust monopoly laws have been marginalized, Ms. Khan wrote, and consequently...

Integral in real life: The Kaepernick issue

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Colin Kaepernick is back in the news. Apparently, he has agreed to a sponsorship relationship with Nike, for the “Just Do It” campaign. This whole issue makes me sad, because Integral Theory explains why Kaepernick is getting nowhere with his activism, even though it’s a worthy cause, and I’m going to lay it all out here. First of all, Integral Theory says the...

August Crypto Update

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This will be my last blog post specifically about cryptocurrency unless something crazy comes up that I feel like I have something to say that nobody else has said.  I want to focus on other things in my writing. One of the reasons is that I think other people are doing it better, so I recommend you sign up for the Token Economy newsletter. You don’t need a blog post from meeting to know...

Why I agreed to be an advisor on Workcoin

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Being an advisor to a startup is a great gig.  The hours aren’t long, and if the company is successful the pay is more than worth your time (Disclosure: I am compensated with an allocation of tokens from the ICO). However, I’ve been outspoken recently about the proliferation of people who treat advisorships like they treat baseball cards.  I’ve witnessed incidents where advisors...

A ride on the Bitcoin hype cycle

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It’s been a tough couple of months, and there have been no safe havens. I admit that I didn’t see it coming, and perhaps I should have, but just like every bubble in history it’s clear as day in hindsight. It’s been very interesting observing my emotional reactions as this market plunges, as Bitcoin drops from the 15’s to the 6’s.  And it’s even worse for...

Return to the mean…that’s where we are.

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I came across a Reddit post recently which superimposed the famous “bubble chart” on top of the recent Bitcoin bubble chart.  The similarities are uncanny. I don’t have the same image available, but I’ve uploaded them both below and thrown in a quick hand-drawn trend line on the bitcoin chart: So what does this tell us? Sometimes, there are new things under the sun, but...

The new lay of the land, and lessons learned

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This is not investment advice. Nobody knows what the hell is going on in cryptocurrency, and I’m just giving you my opinion and observations. Disclosure: I hold the coins that I say nice things about and don’t hold the coins that I hate on, as one would expect. I was just thinking today that in November my prediction for the new year was Bitcoin $10k.  I also said that I was out of...

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