Author Archives: wrenchinthegears

Why I’m Getting Off Twitter – Reading from B.F. Skinner’s “Beyond The Box”

Yesterday I was feeling frustrated with the digital world and picked up a book that had just come in the mail:  Alexandra Rutherford’s “Beyond the Box: B.F. Skinner’s Technology of Behavior from Laboratory to Life, 1950s-1970s.” As I got to the chapter on token economies at Anna State Mental Hospital in Illinois, it all became […]

Wellness Metrics, Teaching Machines To “Live” (With Us) – Synthetic Pretenders Part 15D

Featured Image: Piazza Ovale, Casina Pio IV, 1560 This is the fourth post referencing refugee labor, charter cities, faith communities, cooperatives and tokenization. You can read it in full here or access a PDF here. A year after taking office president of France Nicholas Sarkozy, who happens to be Catholic, tapped Joseph Stiglitz to head […]

Tokenized Co-Ops and “Moral” Markets – Synthetic Pretenders Part 15C

This is the third post referencing refugee labor, charter cities, faith communities, cooperatives and tokenization. You can read it in full here or access a PDF here. Joseph Stiglitz, former chief economist of the World Bank and Columbia University professor, paid visits to Mondragon in 2005 and 2018. He was looking at worker-owned cooperatives as […]

Mondragon, Focolare, and Inclusive Capitalism – Synthetic Pretenders Part 15B

Featured Image: Pope John Paul II with Chiara Lubich, Founder of Focolare Ecumenical Movement This is the second post referencing refugee labor, charter cities, faith communities, cooperatives and tokenization. You can read it in full here or access a PDF here. We’ll delve deeper in the next section when we discuss the model global cooperative […]

Charter Cities, Refugee Labor, and The Learning Economy – Synthetic Pretenders Part 15A

The next four posts started out as a single article for the Synthetic Pretenders series; but as I continued to dig and write, the content got a little out of hand. If I were more self-disciplined, I’d probably be able to organize my findings better and perhaps offer up more compact, digestible posts. There’s a […]

Deconstructing Tech / Blockchain VC Marc Andreessen’s Appearance on Joe Rogan – Livestream with Jason, Lynn, and Alison

Apologies for that batch of emails that went out earlier in the week. Jason was updating the blog templates and somehow it triggered a wave of notifications with Latin placeholder text. Livestream discussion of Andreessen’s interview on the Joe Rogan experience we did yesterday. Here’s the link to the Spotify interview on which we’re commenting. […]

Bitter Lemons: Southern California’s Avatar End Game – Synthetic Pretenders Part 13

This is the thirteenth installment in the Synthetic Pretenders series examining the proposed CaliforniaTrust Framework within the context of synthetic biology, eugenics, and the Spanish mission system.  Part One: Scientific Management, Robo-Bees, and Digital Babies Part Two: Apocalypse, Mind Files, and Interplanetary Promises Part Three: The “Magic” of Radio-Eugenics and Holographic Twins Part Four: Ritual […]

School Choice and the Gig Economy: Big Picture Thinking About Education Futures – Guest Commentary by Cliff Gomes

This week we hosted a panel of parents from across the country and across the pond to discuss school choice, the recent Supreme Court decision about using public funding for private schools, the planned future of “anytime-anywhere” competency-based lifelong learning on blockchain, and a global gig economy. My friend Cliff left a lovely comment that […]

Rocket Science and Zoology: Catalysts for Explosive Evolution – Synthetic Pretenders Part 12

This is the twelfth installment in the Synthetic Pretenders series examining the proposed CaliforniaTrust Framework within the context of synthetic biology, eugenics, and the Spanish mission system.  Part One: Scientific Management, Robo-Bees, and Digital Babies Part Two: Apocalypse, Mind Files, and Interplanetary Promises Part Three: The “Magic” of Radio-Eugenics and Holographic Twins Part Four: Ritual […]

Pre-Crime Prediction for “Better” Humans – Synthetic Pretenders Part 11

This is the eleventh installment in the Synthetic Pretenders series examining the proposed CaliforniaTrust Framework within the context of synthetic biology, eugenics, and the Spanish mission system.  Part One: Scientific Management, Robo-Bees, and Digital Babies Part Two: Apocalypse, Mind Files, and Interplanetary Promises Part Three: The “Magic” of Radio-Eugenics and Holographic Twins Part Four: Ritual […]