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Jacob Lyles
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The Outside
This is a conceptual post. I attempt to explain "the Outside", an abstract concept that I find useful in modeling the world. The world of human values is a tiny island in an ocean of darkness. That darkness is The Outside. It is a place of complexity, illeg...

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Election 2016
I. I grew up in a religious cult where disagreement with the doctrines was punished with ostracism. As a smart and honest kid, this was terrifying. I saw flaws in the doctrines of my faith, but I kept them to myself. I feared losing everything if I stated m...

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Using Electrum on an airgapped machine
Securely storing bitcoin is hard. Most people trust a third party, like Coinbase, to keep their bitcoin safe. But these third parties are big targets for hackers and indeed many have been hacked and lost their clients' funds. People who are truly security c...

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My Interchange Journey
Like a lot of people I know, I used to be afraid of experiencing other people’s emotions. At restaurants, I said my food was good when it wasn’t so that the staff wouldn’t experience anger or shame. I avoided talking about problems in my relationship with m...

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My Interchange Journey
Like a lot of people I know, I used to be afraid of experiencing other people’s emotions. At restaurants, I said my food was good when it wasn’t so that the staff wouldn’t experience anger or shame. I avoided talking about problems in my relationship with m...

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Time Orientation of Politics
The two major political orientations in American politics are conservative and progressive. But this pattern is not distinctly American - it is widespread throughout history. Late Republican Rome had their own conservative and progressive factions: the Opti...

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Stuck in the Muck
I have a hard time organizing my life in the adult world. How do I choose what to spend my time on? This is a difficult question. If I have a pressing physical need, then the answer is obvious. I will try to address that physical need in a graceful way. For...

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"Too Far"
A common mistake that holds people back in personal growth work is the fear of going too far. For example, I recently attended Interchange Counseling’s week-long “Advanced Loving Retreat” that taught me how to let down my defenses and be open to connection ...

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The Fog of Confusion
I live in a fog of confusion. I don’t know, I can’t know , everything about a topic before I speak. And yet I speak anyway. I find that expressing my viewpoint brings me into contact with the viewpoints most important for me to hear. In order to speak, I mu...

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Liberty in the Reputation Economy
Libertarianism is a perfectly fine ideology, one crafted with loving care. It’s joints are bound together with impressive internal consistency, it boasts a number of high-status followers, and its long heritage lends it gravitas like an Elizabethan clock . ...
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