Is Free Will Real?

As a child I drove my parents and teachers bat shit crazy, and “fiercely independent” was a phrase I heard often (“pain in the ass” was also pretty common).

A lot of people have asked me, “Sam, why are you so __________,” rotating between stubborn, persistent, non-traditional, annoying…you get the idea. I used to respond with whatever smart ass remark came to mind, but I’ve actually given this question a ton of thought over the years. I think I finally have an answer:

Free Choice Programming

For a very, VERY long time I believed fiercely in the principle that we all possess free will, and that we’re free to make our own choices.

I have since changed by mind. Continue reading…

Lazy for Life

Lazy Owl

About 2 years ago I was visiting Prague, and I had the opportunity to go to a raptor sanctuary. While there, the group got to see, hold and interact with all sorts of amazing birds, from owls and eagles to falcons and hawks.

It was one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had.

However, out of everything I did and heard that day, one thing in particular stood out to me. The guy overseeing the experience, the owner of the sanctuary, said this: “Raptors are LAZY. You wouldn’t believe how lazy. Watch.”

And then he proceeded to show us just how lazy these birds are 🤣 Continue reading…

What is Bitcoin REALLY?

While the title says bitcoin, I’m really using that as a catchall, and I intend to address cryptocurrencies and fungible tokens in general. I will not be looking at DAOs, smart contracts, or NFTs here.

I’m fully aware that in the literal sense all cryptocurrencies and fungible tokens are not the same, but the mental scaffolding that underpins the whole of that space very much IS the same, and that’s what I want to dig into.

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Waste of Time?

Clear glass hourglass with red sand dripping down

How many times in life has someone told you “that’s a waste of time”? How often have you said those words to someone else, or even to yourself?

Here’s the thing: nobody other than you can define what is or isn’t a waste of your time, because it’s YOUR time.

It belongs to you and nobody else. You can and should use it as you see fit.

Frankly, anybody trying to tell you how to use or not use your time is judging your life and your choices according to their programming, their biases, their desires, their world view…and such a judgment is almost certainly worthless because it’s all about them.

When someone says “that’s a waste of time” to someone else, what they really mean is “that’s not how I would spend my time”, or “that’s not how I think you should spend your time”, or maybe even “I think you should be spending more time on/with me”.

Making someone else’s choices all about you…rather selfish, don’t you think?

If they are not you, they are not qualified to judge your path.

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