Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies

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Thus far this course is a great “short course” refresher, having taken the original. I’m enjoying augmenting my old notes (in blue) with the refresher/short-course material (in green). I also like the reduced length of the course. It feels like the review shouldn’t take discouragingly long, and is valuable practice for learning retention.


Awesome to hear :slight_smile:
What does the map represent? Have you been in all those places?


ThortSpace is just a learning tool. It’s a utility to create spherical “mind maps” in an effort to provide a more organic framework for complex, inter-related “organically-grown” information. The map of the Earth is optional. But I find it helps me to further associate sub-topics with places. “Africa” for example: BitCoin. Indian Ocean: consensus algorithms. North America: investment research. And so on. Its all entirely arbitrary—except I had to begin with the “intro” at Stockholm. And no. I’m a scholar, not a traveler. I rarely leave the West Coast of the “United” States. Ping me next time you’re in Silicon Valley. I’d be honored to buy you lunch. Living here I don’t have to travel. The world flows through a finite set of points, and my neighborhood is one of them.


Yes I did just scan through the homework assignments for this course and upload my answers to questions I found that were identical (or nearly) from the last course. All that proves is that I’m the first one who took functionally reusable notes. Imitation is the sincerest form of meeting schedule. And now I can focus on the new material.


Love your mind maps and love the fact you like to think in a spherical sense. One doesn’t have to be an expert on each element of their environment they just need to understand the connectivity and complexity of the relationships between the elements within the sphere.

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Yes, the concept of a “connection” or an “association” is obviously fundamental to how the brain stores, retrieves, and operates on systems of ideas. That much we get, even if nobody’s quite sure exactly how yet. The sphere is just a piece of paper with all the edges line-wrapped back upon themselves. Its a matter of rendering and note-taking convenience. True systems of ideas are not constrained to surfaces. But the idea of constructing such notes in some sort of VR 3D spacial tool is daunting, and yet to be achieved. So far…<hint hint, wink wink saynomore?> :stuck_out_tongue:

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Creat course material Ivan. Thanks!

Very good content so far Ivan! Many thanks for your great efforts! I’m a huge fan of GMC from its very beginning! As a note there is a small typo in the “Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies - Discussion” page that I wanted to bring in your attention. It states “Do not histate to use this forum thread”. You may need to correct that into “hesitate” :slight_smile:

This is really nice !!

How do you find your way into this map? (to prevent the same data is stored at different places and to lookup things that are allready stored)

On this sphere? Everything begins in Stockholm. Beyond that I’ve defined a “Journey” with a series of preset views in “Present” mode, each view centering on a different topic, all in class syllabus order. The views in the journey can be flipped through like slides. Doing so will animate the view to each orientation.