I Published a New Book! (and how to buy it)


UPDATE: If purchasing the book onchain and getting token for print edition as described below is too daunting, email me at isaac at gmail dot com and I can work out an old-school mechanism to buy with USD.

Yesterday, I released a new book and I'm really excited about it!

This makes book #10 (not that I'm totally counting), and this one is a lot more personal than any of my others. It's a collection of weekly, private emails over the course of the first year of getting Crash off the ground. It provides a real-time look into all the craziness going through my head as we struggled to define the product, brand, market, raise venture capital, separate from my previous company Praxis, sell Praxis, and my own health crises in the midst of it.

The book is also unique for another reason. I skipped traditional publishers and Amazon self -publishing, and published it directly to the BitcoinSV blockchain. That means the digital version of the book is encrypted onchain, and anyone who purchases it can unencrypt and download it. There is also a physical edition - with a total of 100 that will ever be printed (collectors item!;-), and you can purchase a token that allows you to redeem one.

The book is called, "The Inner Game of Startups" and it's available in limited supply on Canonic.xyz (or click the book below).

Why publish this way?

I chose to publish on bitcoin for several reasons.

  • The book will live forever, doesn't live on any server, and can't be removed by any third party
  • Purchases instantly send BSV to my wallet and split revenue with the publishers, etc. No delays, bank transfers, etc.
  • There are zero fees (well technically near zero - more like 100th of a penny) for purchases
  • I love experimenting with new stuff that empowers creators to own and control their content
  • It allows for a combo of digital tokens ("NFT": non-fungible token) which can be bought and even resold to others on secondary market like any digital good, AND a physical book that can be redeemed with the token
  • Unlimited digital supply, plus limited physical supply makes it both scarce and non-scarce
  • I could work with the printer to do things however I wanted instead of whatever publisher or Amazon gives me
  • I believe decentralized data and instant micropayments are the future of the internet, especially for independent creators, and I want to show what's possible
  • The BSV blockchain is an incredible protocol with an exciting ecosystem of apps being built, and I love being a part of networks of people pushing limits and full of energy
  • It retains the intimate feel of the original newsletter the book comes from

It has been a really fun experience, and Canonic is an incredible platform. In fact, I've uploaded all of my other books and even a few papers there, but this is the first book exclusively on bitcoin and that included an NFT redeemable for a print edition.

How the heck can I buy one if I've never used BSV?

BSV is not a typical cryptocurrency that people are buying and selling and trading on crypto exchanges for speculative purposes. There is some of that, but not much. Its primary use is within actual apps. Entrepreneurs are building on it and users are exchanging with it and using it for payments, games, and data storage.

The upside to this is that it has real use and utility. The downside is it's not well known and it's not listed on almost any crypto exchanges or Coinbase. (I used to think this was a bad thing, but I've come to believe this is a saving grace in the long run. These exchanges are basically casinos at this point, and keeping BSV cognitively separate from pure speculation coins makes the ecosystem stronger and more serious IMO.)

The other downside is it's not easy to obtain!

Once you obtain it, it's incredibly easy and fun to use on lots of really cool apps and wallets that work instantly and seamlessly with near-zero fees.

So here's the easiest way to get it so you can buy my book

  • Setup an account on Coinbase if you don't have one yet
  • Buy a few hundred bucks worth of USDC (it's a token pegged to the US dollar)
  • Go to RelayX.com and create a BSV wallet

Good. Now you have a wallet with USDC on Coinbase, and a wallet ready to recieve BSV on RelayX. Then you just need to swap the USDC for BSV.

  • Go to coinshuffle.io
  • Select USDC to BSV
  • Enter the amount you're swapping, click 'exchange'
  • Paste your RelayX wallet address where you'll receive the BSV (in your RelayX app, click "receive" then "copy address"; on desktop click "add funds" then copy address)
  • Paste your USDC address for refund in case swap goes bad (hit "receive" in Coinbase, and copy)
  • Execute the swap
  • Now buy the book on Canonic with a single swipe!

Though using BSV is instant and almost free, no other cryptocurrency is. So you'll have to wait probably ~10 minutes for the swap to execute because Coinbase and USDC are slow, and Coinshuffle will take a fee.

BUT here's the good news. You'll now have a few hundred bucks of BSV in your RelayX wallet, which means you can instantly buy the book, AND you can use a whole bunch of other cool apps and games on BSV.

Thanks for being with me on my journey btw

If you're reading this, I owe you a thanks. I've been blogging, podcasting, Tweeting, publishing books, building stuff and sharing crazy ideas for over a decade now, and all along the way I've had so many amazing people willing to read, listen, like, comment, and share great feedback and stories with me. I do these things selfishly, but of course I get a massive morale boost when I see evidence of a Remnant out there that appreciates and supports it!

UPDATE: Here's an in-depth convo with the creator of Canonic about the philosophy behind this approach to publishing and the implications for the world of ideas.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJZZ4AakDCo

Staying Playful


The older I get, and the more routines of family and work get layered on, the more I have to deliberately choose to stay playful.

If I'm not playing around and dabbling with new things, I get stagnant and bored and wonder why I feel that way. When I've always got a few things on the periphery that have no direct connection to my work or family, but are fun and interesting and make me feel like a novice, I feel connected to life.

I try to curb the old man cynic that wants to come out when some new fad pops up. It's too easy to just dismiss things that don't appeal to me like Clubhouse, or NFTs. But if I can ask around and learn from interesting people what it is that attracts others to these, it usually leads me to some kernel that then leads to a new area to play around in. Usually, the most popular instantiation of an idea isn't the most interesting, but it can lead you there.

I'm always looking for weird corners of the world to explore and play with.

The Inverted Hierarchy


The natural hierarchy:

God
Individual
Family
Community
Culture
Governance Bodies

Each level down is weaker, and subordinate to the one above it. In the natural structure of reality - the patterns baked into nature - any collective is weaker and subservient to smaller units like communities, which are subservient to individuals. To the extent the lower orders cease to serve the higher orders, they are altered, ignored, or disbanded. The more centralized, the more subservient. The more removed from the individual, the more subservient.

The world is constantly attempting to reverse this hierarchy, which always leads to suffering. Nation states are the particularly hideous form a governance body takes when it attempts to dominate the higher orders. They attempt to use or dictate culture as a subservient propaganda mechanism to control communities, which in turn control families and individuals. Brainwashing, guilt, shame, and naked violence are constantly needed to try to reverse the natural ordering and maintain the upside down structure, but it's always in a state of chaotic flux.

God is mostly treated as outside the hierarchy. A mental plaything, or an idea to be invoked to justify tyranny. But reality cannot be wished away, and the natural law - the eternal, the source of the universe, the divine - is always the highest thing in the structure. God is not an abstraction to be invoked or imagined, but the most solid thing there is. Reality itself flows from God.

The creation stories and myths always follow the natural hierarchy, and stories of the fall follow the inverted one. God creates individuals, who then form a family, and are given dominion over their local environs, language and culture emerges, and finally interwoven institutions across the whole earth. Power flows downward. All the larger, further removed institutions are servants of the individual.

The stories of corruption begin the reversal. The temptation, though manifested through individuals, is about mankind, and whether humans as a category, the collective humanity, ought to be higher than God. It results in tyrannical governing bodies attempting to occupy the top of the hierarchy, sometimes literally equating themselves with God, sometimes trying to do away with God, and making power flow in reverse of its natural course. The individual is less important than the categories or cultural norms, which are less powerful than the state.

Attempting to maintain this inverted hierarchy is constant pain, death, and confusion. The starting place to right the ship is within each individual, since individuals are the most powerful part of nature under God. If we can reorient our own lives in accordance with the structure of reality, reality itself will begin to return to form.

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Screw that.

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On Living Courageously


The topic of courage keeps coming up everywhere I turn.

I went through a very challenging phase in 2019 where some health issues led me to face the possibility of my own death. Of course we all die, and I had made peace with mortality back in my teens, but the prospect of dying young and leaving a family behind was different. I hadn't grappled with it.

In the process of doing so, I leaned into a sort of Zen and then Stoic acceptance. I tried to train myself to spiritually release my hold on needing to live, and then practically go about setting up things so that if I should die my family would be best positioned in my absence. The release was the Zen part, and the practical steps were Stoic.

This was useful, and it got me through the early phase. It particularly helped get me through the parts where physical pain and the mystery of what was ailing me were strongest. Not needing an answer or even to survive were a huge release. And it was useful in helping me prioritize things that matter most in terms of time spent with my family. Also it was practically useful in getting some ducks in a row I probably should have any way, like setting up a will.

But it wasn't enough.

During this time, I kept coming across Gnostic thinkers. There are some really great insights to be found in Gnosticism. The focus on the eternal consciousness or spirit instead of temporary material matters was a valuable and encouraging way to direct my gaze into loftier things. But this wasn't quite enough either.

I kept thinking about how C.S. Lewis once said that in his journey from atheism to theism then Christianity, he explored all the major religious and philosophical traditions. After searching and testing, he was attracted to Taoism and Christianity the most, but Taoism felt to him to be lacking courage. (I am speaking from memory of something I read many years ago so don't quote me).

I always sort of got his point on an intuitive level, but couldn't quite get my fingers around it. I felt the same by Lewis saying that Christianity was like all the great myths - a la Joseph Campbell - except that it also happened to be true. He called it "true myth", and the combination of those things, as embodied in the form of Jesus as both God and man, was crucial to him. Again, I sort of got it but I couldn't quite explain it to myself.

Back to the present and how I keep coming across the idea of courage. One reason is probably because I'm re-reading Lewis' Space Trilogy and it plays a prominent role. But it's popping up lots of places, and it's been growing in my mind for quite some time.

I think what the Zen and Stoic and Gnostic approaches were missing for me is the same thing Lewis felt was missing in Taoism and most myths in general. That is, redemption of "the flesh", or the material.

The true part of true myth; the flesh part of God made flesh. The process of ascension, or what the Orthodox call Theosis, is becoming or realizing your divine nature. It sounds very Gnostic. Except where Gnosticism might reject the flesh and leave the material plane, Theosis is about redeeming the flesh and bringing it with you.

This is very weird. And very bold. And very interesting. It also scratches an itch that I think all humans have. I certainly do.

We don't want to endure terrestrial life by believing it's all an illusion. We don't want to solve the mind-body problem by denying the body exists (or denying the mind exists as materialists might do). We can't just be perpetually high on DMT, living outside our bodies. Nor can we live well if we despise our bodies as meat-prisons.

I have always lived in my head and my heart. My body has always been a bit of a distraction. Eating sometimes feels like a chore when I just want to work. Health problems are a massive irritation to me. But trying to escape from this by accepting the idea that my body is a mere illusion or a corrupted cask from which I need to ascend feels lacking. It's demeaning to half the thing that makes a human human. And it seems sort of, well, cowardly.

This is where courage comes in.

I don't think enlightenment or a full, meaningful life comes from overcoming fear of bodily death and living in some elevated, non-corporeal state. Nor do I think it comes from obsessive efforts to cheat or overcome death and extend material life.

I think it comes from living with courage.

I think this means doing the most uniquely human thing imaginable: fully fusing and integrating the spirit world with the material world - fully god and fully man.

To live with courage is not to deny or ascend beyond fear. Nor is it to live only to avoid danger and difficulty. To live with courage is to walk out into the adventure (even battle if you must) even though you are afraid of it. Fear of pain and death keeps you tethered to the material, temporal part of yourself. Proceeding boldly ahead despite this fear is what keeps you tethered to the spiritual, eternal part of yourself.

It seems to me my task as a human is to live courageously.

Whew. It feels right, but what a thing to face. It's the tallest of orders. There's no escapism here, except escape from any beliefs or habits or situations that might tempt me to be less than courageous; to abandon or idolize either the material or the spiritual.

Where I’m Creating Lately


I'm a pretty type-A, anal retentive kind of guy. I setup and maintained this site for years as the definitive, one-stop for all the stuff I created. Every new podcast and podcast episode got a post. All the books I wrote were added. Videos, articles for third party sites, etc.

It got more complicated when I started blogging for Praxis and going on way too many podcasts to track down and repost here, but I tried. Having stuff all over the place splintered my brain. But I had to let that go.

These days, there isn't a one-stop. I'm a little bit all over the place with content I create or participate in. I've forced myself to relax and get more comfy with that. So for the curious, here's a list of most of the stuff I'm up to lately in various places.

  • The Crash blog - This is my main squeeze. I write here nearly every weekday on job-hunt related stuff because it's in my DNA to create content and Crash is the incorporated embodiment of my life philosophy of "be your own credential".
  • The Isaac Morehouse Podcast - I've semi-revived the podcast after a period of dormancy. I say semi because, counter to my type-A nature, I don't have a regular schedule. I just record whatever I want whenever it seems interesting. And I don't have anyone editing for me, so episodes have no intro or outro anymore, are totally one-shot unedited, and nothing like sponsors or detailed show notes. The podcast is available on SoundCloud and every podcast platform.
  • YouTube - I've always preferred podcasts to video, but a few years ago I started occasionally posting conversations about bitcoin with some friends to YouTube. They did pretty well, and though I ended up moving most of those to a different platform (see next), I will occasionally post video versions of podcast episodes to the YouTube channel. It's super inconsistent when I do, so what you see on YouTube is a lot less than what's on the podcast, and does not include the vast majority of the bitcoin discussions either.
  • Streamanity - I post videos about bitcoin and occasionally other stuff here. I LOVE Streamanity as a creator. It's so cool to be able to use instant micropayments with revenue splits, etc. It's the future. The problem at present is that users have to have a wallet with BSV to watch, so I've used this mostly as a place for more niche content of interest primarily to bitcoin nerds. Some of the videos here make it into the podcast, and a very few make it to YouTube. There's a little logic to it in terms of which audiences seem to fit the content, but sometimes it's just random.

I still go on other people's podcasts pretty frequently - at least 3-4 times a month, and often more like half a dozen - usually about career related stuff and those are just out there in the ether.

It's been a challenging but also freeing change of pace for me to kind of force myself to be less systematic and just create stuff with less rigid structure, and put it out wherever it feels best and easiest at the time. I do have occasional OCD moments when my eye twitches because all this stuff is in so many haphazard places, and any of them could get cancelled or memory-holed at any time. But there's no real reason to be so uptight. I create because it makes me a better version of me. Maintaining a perfect archive really doesn't contribute to that all that much, so I'm trying to let it go.

The Obviousness of Anarchy, by John Hasnas


This essay can be found at various places on the web in PDF (like here), and below is an audio version.

https://soundcloud.com/isaacmorehouse/the-obviousness-of-anarchy

Isaac Morehouse


Isaac Morehouse is the CEO of Crash, the career launch platform, and the founder of Praxis, a startup apprenticeship program. Isaac is dedicated to the relentless pursuit of freedom. He’s written some books, done some podcasting, and is always experimenting with self-directed living and learning.

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I Published a New Book! (and how to buy it)


UPDATE: If purchasing the book onchain and getting token for print edition as described below is too daunting, email me at isaac at gmail dot com and I can work out an old-school mechanism to buy with USD.

Yesterday, I released a new book and I'm really excited about it!

This makes book #10 (not that I'm totally counting), and this one is a lot more personal than any of my others. It's a collection of weekly, private emails over the course of the first year of getting Crash off the ground. It provides a real-time look into all the craziness going through my head as we struggled to define the product, brand, market, raise venture capital, separate from my previous company Praxis, sell Praxis, and my own health crises in the midst of it.

The book is also unique for another reason. I skipped traditional publishers and Amazon self -publishing, and published it directly to the BitcoinSV blockchain. That means the digital version of the book is encrypted onchain, and anyone who purchases it can unencrypt and download it. There is also a physical edition - with a total of 100 that will ever be printed (collectors item!;-), and you can purchase a token that allows you to redeem one.

The book is called, "The Inner Game of Startups" and it's available in limited supply on Canonic.xyz (or click the book below).

Why publish this way?

I chose to publish on bitcoin for several reasons.

  • The book will live forever, doesn't live on any server, and can't be removed by any third party
  • Purchases instantly send BSV to my wallet and split revenue with the publishers, etc. No delays, bank transfers, etc.
  • There are zero fees (well technically near zero - more like 100th of a penny) for purchases
  • I love experimenting with new stuff that empowers creators to own and control their content
  • It allows for a combo of digital tokens ("NFT": non-fungible token) which can be bought and even resold to others on secondary market like any digital good, AND a physical book that can be redeemed with the token
  • Unlimited digital supply, plus limited physical supply makes it both scarce and non-scarce
  • I could work with the printer to do things however I wanted instead of whatever publisher or Amazon gives me
  • I believe decentralized data and instant micropayments are the future of the internet, especially for independent creators, and I want to show what's possible
  • The BSV blockchain is an incredible protocol with an exciting ecosystem of apps being built, and I love being a part of networks of people pushing limits and full of energy
  • It retains the intimate feel of the original newsletter the book comes from

It has been a really fun experience, and Canonic is an incredible platform. In fact, I've uploaded all of my other books and even a few papers there, but this is the first book exclusively on bitcoin and that included an NFT redeemable for a print edition.

How the heck can I buy one if I've never used BSV?

BSV is not a typical cryptocurrency that people are buying and selling and trading on crypto exchanges for speculative purposes. There is some of that, but not much. Its primary use is within actual apps. Entrepreneurs are building on it and users are exchanging with it and using it for payments, games, and data storage.

The upside to this is that it has real use and utility. The downside is it's not well known and it's not listed on almost any crypto exchanges or Coinbase. (I used to think this was a bad thing, but I've come to believe this is a saving grace in the long run. These exchanges are basically casinos at this point, and keeping BSV cognitively separate from pure speculation coins makes the ecosystem stronger and more serious IMO.)

The other downside is it's not easy to obtain!

Once you obtain it, it's incredibly easy and fun to use on lots of really cool apps and wallets that work instantly and seamlessly with near-zero fees.

So here's the easiest way to get it so you can buy my book

  • Setup an account on Coinbase if you don't have one yet
  • Buy a few hundred bucks worth of USDC (it's a token pegged to the US dollar)
  • Go to RelayX.com and create a BSV wallet

Good. Now you have a wallet with USDC on Coinbase, and a wallet ready to recieve BSV on RelayX. Then you just need to swap the USDC for BSV.

  • Go to coinshuffle.io
  • Select USDC to BSV
  • Enter the amount you're swapping, click 'exchange'
  • Paste your RelayX wallet address where you'll receive the BSV (in your RelayX app, click "receive" then "copy address"; on desktop click "add funds" then copy address)
  • Paste your USDC address for refund in case swap goes bad (hit "receive" in Coinbase, and copy)
  • Execute the swap
  • Now buy the book on Canonic with a single swipe!

Though using BSV is instant and almost free, no other cryptocurrency is. So you'll have to wait probably ~10 minutes for the swap to execute because Coinbase and USDC are slow, and Coinshuffle will take a fee.

BUT here's the good news. You'll now have a few hundred bucks of BSV in your RelayX wallet, which means you can instantly buy the book, AND you can use a whole bunch of other cool apps and games on BSV.

Thanks for being with me on my journey btw

If you're reading this, I owe you a thanks. I've been blogging, podcasting, Tweeting, publishing books, building stuff and sharing crazy ideas for over a decade now, and all along the way I've had so many amazing people willing to read, listen, like, comment, and share great feedback and stories with me. I do these things selfishly, but of course I get a massive morale boost when I see evidence of a Remnant out there that appreciates and supports it!

UPDATE: Here's an in-depth convo with the creator of Canonic about the philosophy behind this approach to publishing and the implications for the world of ideas.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJZZ4AakDCo

Staying Playful


The older I get, and the more routines of family and work get layered on, the more I have to deliberately choose to stay playful.

If I'm not playing around and dabbling with new things, I get stagnant and bored and wonder why I feel that way. When I've always got a few things on the periphery that have no direct connection to my work or family, but are fun and interesting and make me feel like a novice, I feel connected to life.

I try to curb the old man cynic that wants to come out when some new fad pops up. It's too easy to just dismiss things that don't appeal to me like Clubhouse, or NFTs. But if I can ask around and learn from interesting people what it is that attracts others to these, it usually leads me to some kernel that then leads to a new area to play around in. Usually, the most popular instantiation of an idea isn't the most interesting, but it can lead you there.

I'm always looking for weird corners of the world to explore and play with.

The Inverted Hierarchy


The natural hierarchy:

God
Individual
Family
Community
Culture
Governance Bodies

Each level down is weaker, and subordinate to the one above it. In the natural structure of reality - the patterns baked into nature - any collective is weaker and subservient to smaller units like communities, which are subservient to individuals. To the extent the lower orders cease to serve the higher orders, they are altered, ignored, or disbanded. The more centralized, the more subservient. The more removed from the individual, the more subservient.

The world is constantly attempting to reverse this hierarchy, which always leads to suffering. Nation states are the particularly hideous form a governance body takes when it attempts to dominate the higher orders. They attempt to use or dictate culture as a subservient propaganda mechanism to control communities, which in turn control families and individuals. Brainwashing, guilt, shame, and naked violence are constantly needed to try to reverse the natural ordering and maintain the upside down structure, but it's always in a state of chaotic flux.

God is mostly treated as outside the hierarchy. A mental plaything, or an idea to be invoked to justify tyranny. But reality cannot be wished away, and the natural law - the eternal, the source of the universe, the divine - is always the highest thing in the structure. God is not an abstraction to be invoked or imagined, but the most solid thing there is. Reality itself flows from God.

The creation stories and myths always follow the natural hierarchy, and stories of the fall follow the inverted one. God creates individuals, who then form a family, and are given dominion over their local environs, language and culture emerges, and finally interwoven institutions across the whole earth. Power flows downward. All the larger, further removed institutions are servants of the individual.

The stories of corruption begin the reversal. The temptation, though manifested through individuals, is about mankind, and whether humans as a category, the collective humanity, ought to be higher than God. It results in tyrannical governing bodies attempting to occupy the top of the hierarchy, sometimes literally equating themselves with God, sometimes trying to do away with God, and making power flow in reverse of its natural course. The individual is less important than the categories or cultural norms, which are less powerful than the state.

Attempting to maintain this inverted hierarchy is constant pain, death, and confusion. The starting place to right the ship is within each individual, since individuals are the most powerful part of nature under God. If we can reorient our own lives in accordance with the structure of reality, reality itself will begin to return to form.

The Daily Job Hunt Newsletter is Here


Hunting for a job is hard and, well, kinda sucks.

Screw that.

Let’s punch the job hunt in the face! (*ripping guitar riff plays in your head)

The Daily Job Hunt email newsletter hits your inbox like a freight train every day, six days a week. While you're working on winning that next job, let this newsletter be a guide, a coach, a friend, a kind word, and sometimes a kick in the ass to keep you pumped and on track.

Hope to meet in your inbox!

Sign up here.

The Daily Job Hunt


If anyone you know is on the job hunt, share this! We just launched a newsletter for job-hunting.

Every morning we deliver a quick gut-punch of goodness to your inbox to help fill you up with opportunity and optimism so you can find and win that next gig. A daily stoke to keep the fire burning.

It's free.

The Daily Job Hunt Newsletter

Isaac Morehouse


Isaac Morehouse is the founder and CEO of Praxis, a startup apprenticeship program making degrees irrelevant for careers. Isaac is dedicated to the relentless pursuit of freedom. He’s written some books, done some podcasting, and is always experimenting with self-directed living and learning.

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