Designer Labels — Oppression by Consent in the 21st Century

When I moved to Miami 6 years ago, I was deeply materialistic. I’m not ashamed of this, though I do have my regrets. I shudder when I think about how much I spent on luxury German vehicles over a 20…

Credit: Mind Coolness
  • Your brain must explain sensory input from the world and within your body to make them meaningful, and its primary tool for doing so is prediction.
  • Some scientists argue that a brain is essentially a prediction machine and considers prediction its fundamental and primary mode of operation.
  • is as a…

In 2020 David Silver and his colleagues from the UK-based artificial intelligence lab DeepMind submitted a paper titled “Reward is not Enough” to a peer-reviewed journal. …

Dopamine, the Thermometer and Thermostat of Value

Reward Prediction Error vs Incentive Salience Credit: Wiley

A 2017 article in Scientific American Mind by Maia Szalavitz proposes that associating pleasure with the neurotransmitter dopamine, which plays an essential role in movement and motivation, may be a misunderstanding. …

There is No Objective Morality, but there are Objective Moral Principles.

The question “is there an objective morality,” is deeply flawed. It is however an easy mistake that most make.

Morality is an entire system similar to mathematics or science, and you don’t see the same question being asked of…

Receive a complimentary invitation to this 1 hour webinar — Cryptocurrency and DeFi Trading for Absolute Beginners.

If I’d sold my DogeCoin yesterday morning, I’d have made a net of $18,000 in one week of trading. Instead, due to two unexpected detrimental catalysts, I lost $7000.

  1. Crypto Pioneer Silbert was…

You have a 1 in 20000 of Getting Sick from Covid if you’re Fully Vaccinated.

The Health Authorities have done a TERRIBLE job at marketing just how much protection you get from either Pfizer or Moderna. The image below shows a popular misconception.

The Future of Money Video

This article explores the reasoning behind why it is necessary to rethink money. It brings to light the problems surrounding traditional fiat such as hyperinflation and an over-powerful central government, by using specific countries as case studies to exemplify each issue.

We also introduce “Social…

Azure Security & Regulatory Compliance


The goal for this article is to define at a high level what the terms regulatory compliance and IT security mean, and why they are necessary. I am a firm believer that an IT system is only as secure as the language used to describe it.

“The limits of…

Unconditional Love? Sorry. There’s no Such Thing.
Courtesy of Michael Teachings

“The notion of unconditional love is a logically fallacious oxymoron. The condition my dear friends is that the object of your affection is of sufficient value.”

People only care about you if you are of value to them.

I wrote a post a few days ago about the difference between…

Cecil (CJ) John

Architect | Computer Scientist | Author CEO, LLC Blockchain | Cloud Computing | Security

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store