Pattern Language is a term coined to describe a concept to see if others see this unnamed idea... and if it is unique, allows us to name it so we can build on top of it. Here are some of the most common ones used within our network, but don't be afraid to make them your own and please especially feel free to make suggestions for us to add to this list. We will keep it updated regularly.


Here's a link to one of Vance's 1st podcasts where he speaks on this concept of Pattern Languages and explains the '##' symbol:

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Annealing — In metallurgy and materials science, annealing is a heat treatment that alters the physical and sometimes chemical properties of a material to increase its ductility and reduce its hardness, making it more workable. In our own pattern language, we abstract this concept in order to apply the same idea to other domains. For example, annealing our ideas within the group or annealing our character through those we interact with. Here is Vance talking about annealing with Rob Long:

Daemon — In psychology, the daimonic refers to a natural human impulse within everyone to affirm, assert, perpetuate, and increase the self to its complete totality. In the network, you may hear us refer to our daemon when alluding to a course of action feeling in line with our subconscious desires. Central self. The person we were born to be vs the person we measure ourselves to be.

Intersubjective — intersubjectivity is the relation or intersection between people's cognitive perspectives. We may drop this term in the network when referring to a shared perspective between individuals.

Negative Human Rights — freedom from something as opposed to the right to something. Examples of negative rights are the right to live, to be free, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from violence, freedom from slavery, and property rights.

Novelty Search — this means not to plan where you are going, but to instead follow what you find interesting. Check out Vance's interview with Ken Stanley who initially coined this term here:

Lindy — The Lindy effect is a theory that the future life expectancy of some non-perishable things like a technology or an idea is proportional to their current age, so that every additional period of survival implies a longer remaining life expectancy. We say something is lindy in the network if it is a piece of art that will stand the test of time and we hold this concept in mind when choosing books for the ATCF Book Club.

Town Hall Effect — When group of people come out to a town hall, they are prompted to exchange ideas around a given set of issues regarding the future of their community. Thoughts are turned over in the palms of each other's brains and while dialog can get heated, individuals know that these are people that they must see and be civil with again in the future, so there is a positive incentive to not burn bridges in this setting that is not so prevalent through most massive online mediums. We like to think of the network in this was as having the Town Hall Effect.

Saying Pole — A term Vance learned from his time with Kenya, roughly means to be slow with an individual during a time of sadness, here's a 2 minute video description where Vance describes the concept in a recent interview:

Noise vs Signal — This idea relates to identifying the measure of how much useful "signal" there is in a thing, vs how much useless (and costly) "noise" must be removed or ignored. This measurement is subjective because it depends on what qualifies as signal to the individual "Receiving Signals".

Tragedy of the Commons — From Wikipedia: a situation in a shared-resource system where individual users, acting independently according to their own self-interest, behave contrary to the common good of all users by depleting or spoiling the shared resource through their collective action. We use this term often when referring to the spoiled larger networks such as Twitter, who's potential for good is tarnished by the users on the platform behaving contrary to this common good.

Voice of Resistance — the voice(s) inside your head that attempt to talk you out of doing what you know you should do. It is the voice that gives you excuses, allows you to be too easy on yourself... but if you shut out entirely you will get hurt, you will do foolhardy things.

Fractal localism/localist — a system of organization/government that is bottom up from the self to the nation state level (at present) rather than top down, and traditional left to traditional right political spectrum as you expand/radiate outward geographically and/or include greater numbers of individuals. For example, I am basically a communist in my own immediate household (sharing everything), socially inclined in my neighborhood/city/county, progressive but getting more conservative at the state level, libertarian at the nation state level, and uber libertarian at the global scale.

Dunbar Number — From Wikipedia: a suggested cognitive limit to the number of people with whom one can maintain stable social relationships—relationships in which an individual knows who each person is and how each person relates to every other person. This is something we frequently keep in mind in regards to our network's growth with the hope to be self aware of our Dunbar Number and limit new users when we are approaching or have exceeded this value.

Chaos — Simply put, everything we don't know. - NB

Possibility — The idea that the world is filled with malleable options, and that we can choose to see the world in this light verses seeing the world in terms of negative or positive outcomes. -NB

Skyhook — A method for introducing a person to another person or group such that the person being introduced is admired for a trait/skill/achievement that is unique to them and are able to join the conversation with the group from a place of confidence.

Skyhooking often requires the person creating the introduction to successfully predict what will make the person they are introducing stand out, while also coordinating the introduction with the interests of the people that are listening to the introduction so that the overall conversation is positively benefitted.  The person doing the introduction is also benefitted by the successful skyhook because the group will see that they are well acquainted with a person that has this trait/skill/achievement.  

The concept derives from the concept of the CIA skyhook technology designed to pick up a passenger without landing the plane. The skyhook requires that both the plane and the person being picked up have specialized equipment to successfully complete the mission.  Both parties are improved when a skyhook is successfully deployed.


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