Skepticism Sundays - raising the standard of debate, argument and critique of ideas in the ecosystem

The parable of the Blind Men and an Elephant is a story of a group of blind men who have never come across an elephant before and who learn and conceptualize what the elephant is like by touching it. Each blind man feels a different part of the elephant’s body, but only one part, such as the side or the tusk. They then describe the elephant based on their limited experience and their descriptions of the elephant are different from each other. In some versions, they come to suspect that the other person is dishonest and they come to blows…

Polkadot is the elephant and we are all blind. Realising we are blind is the first step.

This is the essential challenge of developing an ecosystem - or even an organism rather than a technology, the insight that no one can possibly have the full picture.

This is a coordination game - we’re all still figuring out the rules, the playing field, and this is before the whistle even blows. We need to work to get the most people to contribute their perspective, share their views and then to ultimately use this to distil the ‘reality’ of the game.

This is also why trigger happy flagging Polkadot forum moderation, flagging and policies, is massively detrimental to the process, this needs to stop, flagging should be done by moderators, referees who punish the most egregious acts.