Very excited to learn more about Moth Minds! Philanthropic capital should be the most risk-seeking, experimental capital out there.

My sisters and I have been frustrated by how much it feels like there are lots of great experiments that can be funded philanthropically, but that aren’t for the reasons you outline in your post. Excited to follow along!

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Your quote from "The Unbearable Lightness of Being," calls this one to my mind:

"...I imagined two people without words, unable to speak to each other. I imagined the need: The color of the sky that meant “storm.” The smell of fire that meant “Flee.” The sound of a tiger about to pounce. Who would worry about such things?

And then I realized what the first word must have been: ma... For a long time, that was the only word the baby needed. Ma, ma, ma. Then the mother decided that was her name and she began to speak, too. She taught the baby to be careful: sky, fire, tiger. A mother is always the beginning. She is how things begin."

--from "The Bonesetter's Daughter," by Amy Tan

Thank you for your work on human agency! Found your "moth-themed" Substack via ACX. :) Then I shared it with a Substacker whose focus is intrinsic motivation. (Tania Rabesandratana of tania.substack.com) She located THIS one and shared it with me! XD

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