Wow. Powerful and thought provoking article, which helped express ideas I have been circling round but not coalesced in this extraordinary way. If trust was a watershed moment in human evolution, enabling the co-operation and language and connection and planning for the future, then what will trustlessness bring – how will it take things to a whole new level?
[…]Some Nonsense About Evolution and Psychology
Why am I claiming that “distributed ledger technology and blockchain are an upgrade to how humans communicate?” Because I have my reasons for believing so, and I see so many synergies comparing coding principles to human principles.
The Gossip Theory and How Trust Came to Humans
In his book (summary available here if you don’t have time reading), “Sapiens: a Brief History of Humankind”, chapter 2, The Tree of Knowledge, Yuval Noah Harari discusses the Cognitive Revolution. While nobody is sure what caused it, the Cognitive Revolution brought the ability to communicate, express, and draw conclusions sometime between 70,000 and 30,000 years ago. This whole “Tree of Knowledge mutation” enabled humans the ability to convey information about other humans — simply put, to gossip. Gossiping became the weapon to achieve “cooperation in large numbers”.
And one thing that provided support in gossiping was calling out the “wrongdoings” — the things wanted to be fixed. Which ultimately takes us to the well known question of our days: Can we really Trust other humans? […]