Cargo Cults And Skyscrapers – Part 1 of 2

Cargo Cults And Skyscrapers – Part 1 of 2


“In the South Seas there is a cargo cult of people. During the war they saw airplanes with lots of good materials, and they want the same thing to happen now. So they’ve arranged to make things like runways, to put fires along the sides of the runways, to make a wooden hut for a man to sit in, with two wooden pieces on his head to headphones and bars of bamboo sticking out like antennas – he’s the controller – and they wait for the airplanes to land. They’re doing everything right. The form is perfect. It looks exactly the way it looked before. But it doesn’t work. No airplanes land.” – Nobel-Laureate Richard Feynman, from his 1974 commencement address to the graduating class of Cal …

First World Crypto, Third World Liberty


“When you look at 19th century America or 18th and 16th century Europe, all of a sudden it’ll become clearer that … the thing that broke the back of poverty and privilege in developed countries in the past was when property rights came around and destroyed feudal title. Now, two-thirds of the world’s population – four billion people – are locked out of the capitalist system. It’s important to let them in.”Hernando De Solo Polar, author of The Mystery Of Capital

It’s become a well-known Internet cliché to compare first world problems to third world problems

It’s a sign of the times that global perspective has found its way as much into our humor, as it has our social commentary. Through our networks, we hear moment-to-moment …

Victory By Stalemate


“The underdog wins if he doesn’t lose.” – Old Axiom, Unattributed

A Different Path To The Top

In most countries, Masters and Grandmasters comprise a small, tight-knit community (In case the thumbnail didn’t give it away – I’m referring to chess).

Those with top rankings usually keep a close eye on the rising contenders. In fact, they can often predict, with surprising accuracy, which players will one day make it to their level – and who won’t…

Years ago, there was a rising star – with a seemingly bright future – making his way up the ranks at a pace that surprised even this fellowship. Veterans at this level are rarely surprised – so it provoked their inquiry into how

After a game, each player’s

Echoes Of The Architects


“… So far as I am acquainted with the principles and Doctrines of Free Masonry, I conceive them to be founded on benevolence and to be exercised for the good of mankind. If it has been a Cloak to promote improper or nefarious objects, it is a melancholy proof that in unworthy hands, the best institutions may be made use of to promote the worst designs.” – George Washington

Freemasonry is as often misunderstood by its critics as by its supporters. Knowledge of its history sheds light upon the largest misconceptions – as well as important insight into our present…

“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” – Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride

Origins Of Architecture

Though myths and legends …

The Protocols Of Governance


“The reason written laws were such a breakthrough is that they permitted lossless digital replay over distance . . . Orally communicated laws were limited by the travel radius and the memory of the speaker. Subject to a game of telephone when repeated. [Now we can] communicate what we see/hear – digitally, losslessly, over great distance . . . for photo/video, not just characters.”

Balaji Srinivasan, making a parallel between the effects of King Hammurabi’s Code and those of the internet.

This notion started a long chain of thought…

Unsustainable Losses

The earliest forms of government appeared when societies began to use writing to create laws and decrees for mass distribution.

To monopolize this knowledge was to claim the authority that came with it. One of history’s …