I’m Sean King—a devoted husband and father, attorney, CPA, private pilot, serial entrepreneur, successful speculator, life coach, and unusually clear seer with a passion for helping others realize and achieve their potential.
Sean at the waterfalls
Cindy, Lauren and Sean
Sean, Cindy and Lauren
Back in the late 2000s, I had a mini panic attack. I had always valued “truth” and was proud of my ability to discern it, but it occurred to me then that we’d soon be living in a world where, thanks to technology, knowing what is true and false would be increasingly difficult. This disturbed me perhaps more greatly than it should have at the time.
My awareness of this issue started when Iran released “photoshopped” pictures that exaggerated their military capabilities. Many in the mainstream media fell for their hoax and reported the doctored images as legit. That is until a shrewd blogger of (then) little consequence (Charles Johnson of “Little Green Footballs” fame) proved the photos to be fakes.
Those events and similar ones lead to a personal crisis of confidence that I can’t fully explain. I feared for myself, my family, and our culture as a whole. It was self-evident to me even then that no individual, and indeed no society, can adequately function when what is true and what is not is highly uncertain. And it was also self-evident that truth was getting harder to discern and would eventually become impossible to discern (those who survived the recent pandemic can undoubtedly appreciate the challenge).
My Quest for Clear Seeing
As I wrestled with these issues, I noticed that confusing data and uncertain truths were only small parts of the challenge of discernment, and perhaps the smaller parts. More significant was the challenge of successfully managing our biases and tendencies to reason fallaciously. Even when all relevant parties know the underlying data is reliable, we’ll still manage to screw things up if our minds process that data irresponsibly—for instance, if our minds engage with the data only selectively (e.g., cherry-picking) or if we analyze the data in otherwise biased ways or extrapolate from it via fallacious reasoning.
Well, it turns out that all of us tend to identify with certain narratives and worldviews, or what I’ll call “stories”. These stories come to define us, at least in our own minds. So, at an instinctual, egoic level, we interpret any attacks on or criticisms of these stories as attacks on or criticisms of…us. This means that, unless we are very self-aware and awake, our egos will unconsciously sabotage truth-seeking to preserve their sense of identity, and they will stop at nothing to achieve their goal. Self-deceit, deep denial, and unconscious psychological projection are all tools that aid this purpose.
As I went through this process of waking up, I found it helpful to develop a set of objective rules that would guide my thinking and decision-making and, most importantly, check on my biases and preconceived identity stories. I call these rules “The Maxims.”
Few of The Maxims represent my original thinking. Everything I learned I learned from—my parents, my children, my loves, Robert Schuller, Ray Kurzweil, Nassim Taleb, and many, many more. I will strive to give credit where credit is due, but I beg forgiveness whenever I fail to do so out of absent-mindedness or in the interest of expediency.
The Maxims are not perfect. Nothing is. But they serve as an imperfect and reasonably objective check on our unconscious, self-sabotaging ways. Anyone who consistently employs them with diligence, honesty, and self-awareness will make far better decisions in life and, with some luck, will wake up. Their thinking and sense of identity will slowly be debugged. As a result, they will see more clearly, reason more soundly, decide more effectively, and love more fully.
At least that’s been the case for me. From the mid-2000s, when I first started wrestling with these issues, until today, my life has been utterly transformed. I’ve woken up by significantly debugging my identity and my thinking. I see myself and the world far more clearly than I ever did before, and I make far better decisions as a result. This has made me consistently right when it matters. And that has made me stable, healthy, happy, horny, rich, and compassionate.
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Fortunately, history shows us that technology tends to eventually solve the problems that technology creates. Consequently, I set out in the late-2000s to identify some burgeoning new technology that might help us address the problems of validating data and achieving social consensus as to what data is true, problems that had worsened as a consequence of other technologies like photoshop (and today even AI-powered “deep fakes”). I had no idea what such a technology would look like, but I was hopeful that it would appear in sufficient time to avert social collapse. With sound data, sufficient social consensus as to the validity of that data, and enough people being sufficiently awake to properly analyze the data, a major crisis might be averted.
I knew the minute that I first learned about blockchains in late 2010 or early 2011 that, if they actually worked, they'd be a huge part of the solution to the data problem.
Like The Maxims, blockchains are not a perfect solution, but they are a hugely significant aid. They don’t always give the correct answers, but they nearly always provide the right answers when they matter most. And…that is enough.
The Purpose of “A King’s Eye View”
Years ago, I started publishing my Maxims-inspired thinking on Facebook mainly as an exercise in transparency and with the hope that others might benefit. I was shocked by the overwhelmingly positive response.
Many who since followed me on Facebook have requested that I launch a web-show and/or publish my content on a more open and accessible platform. To my great discredit, I rebuffed those suggestions for far too long. But now I finally feel ready, and this new Roundtable publishing platform seems like the perfect place and way to do it.
The purpose of my work here is to expand my effort to debug my mind and identity, to see clearly, to know the truth, to make sounder decisions and to help others do the same. I will regularly cover topics relating to The Maxims, clear seeing, sound decision making, technology, futurism, health, and relationships.
My goal is to publish written pieces here several times per week while dropping a web-show two to four times per month. My first published web show titled “Does bitcoin have fundamental value” can be found here.
Most of the content here will be free and ad supported. However, I will likely eventually have a “Subscribers Only” section where I will apply my clear seeing and sound decision-making techniques to specific, timely topics (e.g., upcoming elections, the pandemic, geopolitics, macro trends, the prospects for crypto and blockchains, etc. ), all in “real-time,” and all with the goal of improving the quality of life for my subscribers.
[If you want to think and see more clearly; discern more accurately; predict more reliably and live, love, and understand yourself and the world more fully; or if you just want to watch people who do; then please continue to follow me here.]