I highly suggest consuming the full piece here (4 min. read time)
What scenius is: “Scenius is like genius, only embedded in a scene rather than in genes. Brian Eno suggested the word to convey the extreme creativity that groups, places or ‘scenes’ can occasionally generate. His actual definition is: ‘Scenius stands for the intelligence and the intuition of a whole cultural scene. It is the communal form of the concept of the genius.’ — Kevin Kelly
What current communities should strive for (imo): “Individuals immersed in a productive scenius will blossom and produce their best work. When buoyed by scenius, you act like genius. Your like-minded peers, and the entire environment inspire you.” — Kevin Kelly
Geography of scenius is nurtured by: mutual appreciation (the best kind of peer pressure), rapid exchange of tools+techniques (once something is created, it’s flaunted and shared), network effects of success (success is claimed by the entire scenius), local tolerance for the novelties (Kevin explains: the local ‘outside’ does not push back too hard against the transgressions of the scene. The renegades and mavericks are protected by this buffer zone).
Creating scenius is not easy: “The serendipitous ingredients for scenius are hard to control. They depend on the presence of the right early pioneers. A place that is open, but not too open. A buffer that is tolerant of outlaws. And some flash of excitement to kick off the virtuous circle. You just can’t order this.” — Kevin Kelly
My two cents: I did not realize this piece was from 2008 until after reading it. It’s pretty crazy to see 1) how scenius didn’t really take off as a mainstream word and 2) how scenius could be used as a synonym for what some current online communities are striving for. Total side tangent, I’m not fully anti-college, but finding a growing prestige scenius could (potentially) be a more valuable use of your time than going to college. Oof hot takes only over here! Now how can I make Gradually’s community a scenius…if you have ideas, seriously reply to this email haha.
I highly suggest consuming the full piece here (6 min. read time)
“Some things scale well. Double their size and you get double the output (or more). Other things don’t, and my God is it important to know which is which.” — Morgan Housel
Common mistakes of trading: “Virtually all investing mistakes are rooted in people looking at long-term market returns and saying, ‘That’s nice, but can I have it all faster?’” — Morgan Housel
Timing is everything: “…there’s a ‘most convenient’ investing time horizon – probably something around ten years. That’s the period in which markets are nearly always to reward your patience. The more your time horizon compresses the more you rely on luck and tempt ruin.” — Morgan Housel
Most people know Charlie Munger and Warren Bufftet, but few know Rick Guerin (a while ago, all three made investments together): “Charlie and I always knew that we would become incredibly wealthy. We were not in a hurry to get wealthy; we knew it would happen. Rick was just as smart as us, but he was in a hurry.” — Warren Buffet
My two cents: Again, I know I’m extremely biased, but this yet another confirmation that a ‘gradually mindset’ is far better than the opposite. Time and time again, instant gratification does more harm than good. Delayed gratification is far superior, yet harder to achieve and stay focused on. The places where this applies are growing more and more as I curate more and more content.
I highly suggest consuming the full piece here (11 min. read time)
“Like many, I was initially skeptical when I first heard of Measure 109…But if we can help people suffering from PTSD, depression, trauma and addiction — including veterans, cancer patients, and others — supervised psilocybin therapy is a treatment worthy of further consideration.” — Kate Brown (Gov. of Oregon)
The politics/history behind psychedelics: “…when psychedelics slipped into the counterculture, where they were used without therapeutic safeguards, and the Nixon administration targeted them as part of its culture war. A remnant of healers who used psychedelics in their work remained, but they were driven underground.” — Ezra Klein
Beyond mental health: “…traits revolving around openness to change and uncertainty seem to loosen, with people questioning their own judgments, holding other viewpoints and tolerating more ambiguity with greater ease. Openness to new experiences tends to diminish as we age, so the potential of psychedelics to unlatch the windows of the mind…” — Ezra Klein
The major warning: “Psilocybin isn’t addictive, and there is no known lethal dose. “If you look at the safety profile of psilocybin, it’s dead last in terms of its risk of harm either to self or others,” Korthuis told me. But these experiences can be psychologically searing, even scarring. There is evidence that terror-filled trips can cause lingering trauma or even trigger psychosis or suicide in rare cases.” — Ezra Klein
My two cents: Like many people, an immediate negative reaction to people who use or is affiliated with psychedelics is pretty common. This is beginning to slowly change, though. I believe a similar life cycle of marijuana is bound to take place with psychedelics, but with the chance that it could get deregulated faster due to its seemingly more legitimate use cases.
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