I spent a lot of time studying the reflections in the water from life....I would observe the light bouncing off the various degrees of calm and choppy water. I was amazed at how working with coherent light when I experimented with holography conditioned my perception, so that I could see so much more in the world. Instead of a smear of light reflected on the water, I could see how the crests and dents...on the water surface functioned as concave and convex mirrors, and that within or projected above were myriads of perfect replicas of the individual lights - Catharine MacTavish

The Currents

This year, the bitcoin ecosystem has been marked by dramatic unfoldings one after another. Yet, the builder culture has thrived and emerged stronger, demonstrating resilience and adaptability.

The parallels with nature seem fitting; just as the currents shape and reshape coastlines, the builders at work in the bitcoin space have continually transformed its contours. See nostr as the example.

In a rapidly changing bear market, some words that keep humming through my mind are, "Let the currents move beneath you." It serves as a reminder to remain anchored amidst the fluctuating tides. Just as the deep-sea currents shape the vast ocean, so too do the undercurrents in the bitcoin space...they seemingly influence its landscape.

The longer I build, the clearer it becomes that time has a unique way of directing one's path, even when the most favorable routes appear occupied. While I'm dedicated to learning fast and learning from my past mistakes, I believe much of this growth stems from absorbing lessons from those around me.

One of the most notable features of the builder community is the presence of friends marked by the distinct qualities most of them carry. Among them, empathy stands out prominently. This deep-seated ability to understand and share the feelings of other builders is vital in fostering growth and community cohesion. This drives the most influential builders in the space to work towards the common good.

In education and cognitive development, the 'zone of proximal development' (ZPD) concept is also fascinating parallel to consider. Thank you to Chris Guida to bringing this to my attention.

Lev Vygotsky, a psychologist from the early 1930s, introduced the zone of proximal development (ZPD) and scaffolding theory, breaking from contemporaries who emphasized age-based learning. Vygotsky posited that learning stages, not ages, are pivotal. He emphasized the role of social interaction in learning, where learners benefit from engaging with more knowledgeable individuals.

Zone of Proximal Development: ZPD focuses on tasks a learner can achieve with guidance from more knowledgeable others (MKOs). It's the difference between what a learner can do alone versus with help. Each learner's ZPD varies, determined by their knowledge, experience, and the quality of mentorship. The goal is to gradually move learners from their current cognitive state to their potential level, aided by expert interactions.

Understanding Scaffolding: Scaffolding helps students progress within the ZPD by breaking tasks into smaller steps, with guidance from MKOs. The instructor discerns the student's current and potential cognitive levels, providing tailored instruction. Through MKO interaction, scaffolding ensures learners gather new skills and knowledge efficiently.

The Value of ZPD and Scaffolding:

  • Paves the way for personalized learning.
  • Teachers can customize courses for optimal learner experience.
  • Increases student engagement and retention.
  • Enhances critical thinking and systematic problem-solving.
  • Promotes a collaborative learning environment.

Practical Application Steps:

  1. Determine each student's ZPD.
  2. Conduct regular one-on-one sessions.
  3. Promote peer interactions and group discussions.
  4. Provide tailored tasks and problem-solving activities.

Credit to Lev Vygotsky, the zone of proximal development captures the journey from what we can do alone to the magic that unfolds with a helping hand.

In the world of bitcoin builders, every newcomer begins like an explorer stepping onto uncharted shores. But with the wisdom of experienced builders and heartfelt support from friends in the community, they can quickly find their way, gaining depth in understanding and begin actively contributing.

As the bitcoin space grows and morphs, new challenges will arise. Yet, anchored by a community bound together by friendship, dedication, and a shared vision, we can stand ready to navigate the future for the common good.

It's a touching reminder of the strength of human connection and the beauty of a collective endeavor worth pursuing.

✍️ Once more, writing calls me again, even as sleep tries to claim me.

Cetacean Constellation (Bathers #2), Swimmers | Catharine MacTavish | Canada, 1976

I don't want a cycle of recycled revenge. - Brian Eno"