The author and entrepreneur Luke Burgis discusses the roots of human desire and behavior in his new book ” Want: The Power of Imitating Desire in Daily Life “. Mimetic desire has a profound impact on the field of encryption. Later, discussions in the field of encryption may often involve this keyword. The desire to imitate is not equivalent to meme, but it may help us gain further insight into the phenomenon of meme.
What is Mimetic desire?
“Imitation desire” is a power that can be expressed in daily life, but its influence is particularly powerful in the context of cryptocurrency.
The cryptocurrency industry is accustomed to stripping away lies and pointing directly to the true source of things in the world. The desire to imitate is one of the deep truths that you can see through the surface in our industry, but it may take a long time for you to discover it in other fields.
The desire to imitate was originally named and theorized by René Girard, who said:Man is a creature that doesn’t know what he desires. He turns to others to decide his own thoughts. We desire what others desire because we are imitating their desires.
What makes humans different from animals is our ability to coordinate . Our communication skills are very complex, and our language skills are very strong. The human brain has this innate ability to synchronize with the thoughts, intentions, and behaviors of others. The strong perception between people is one of the many reasons why humans can coordinate well. If we can accurately judge the thoughts of others, we can better coordinate with others.
The power of imitating desire is so deep that its effects can be observed in babies just after birth, which shows that the desire to imitate penetrates into our brains when our brains are formed.
(Now I want the piece in your hand. Image source: Luke’s substack )
In our evolutionary process, the desire to imitate has been with the human species. We know this because we mimic the relationship between desire and mirror neurons, which are found in all kinds of animals, not just in humans.
Mirror neurons are neurons that are fired when you imitate something you have recently observed. They help you imitate the actions and actions of others more effectively. These neurons are essential for babies and children to learn how to act appropriately in this world. Mirror neurons allow babies or children to observe others and then act like others, so they can learn what other people think is important.
This is the beginning of imitating desire. We learn what we want by learning the needs of others. As we grow from babies to children to adults, we observe others and understand what they want, and we ourselves use this information to guide what we want. Babies observe the needs and desires of others in order to build a foundation for understanding what is important and worthy of our attention.
Which of the following is easier? Go through practical investigations and think about “what do I want? What is important?” for every thing or concept you encounter, or simply copy the needs and wishes of others?
If you want something the same as other people, it will be easier to adapt to society.
Okay, what does this have to do with the encryption circle?
In order to understand cryptocurrency, we must find out the truth of the matter.
And it turns out that the desire to imitate is the bottom of almost everything.
Not only acting on cryptocurrency, imitation desire is the underlying operating logic of everything that humans touch. Cryptocurrency is no exception. In cryptocurrency, the desire to imitate is more transparent, easier to reason, and more explanatory.
Here are four non-obvious things created by imitating desire:
1) Market bubbles
List all the market bubbles you can think of.
The Internet bubble, the real estate bubble in 2008, the tulip mania, the ICO boom… Maybe there are other market bubbles in history.
Market bubbles have been rampant in human history. The frequency of bubbles is so high, it is obvious that it is embedded in our DNA. It is the social and psychological layer of human beings that caused the market bubble, not some exogenous events or technological discoveries. The sensitivity of humans and our desire to imitate led to market bubbles.
Are you born with a desire to use the U.S. dollar, euro, renminbi or any local currency? of course not. You want money because it is what everyone else wants. Money is useful to you because it is useful to other people.
Is money an instantiated object representing the desire to imitate?
In V God’s article on legality, he wrote that the value of NFT is based on two things:
The pride of holding NFTs and the ability to show off their ownership
Possibility of selling it in the future
I think this is correct. But both of these are the product of imitating desire. Without the desire to imitate, NFT is worthless.
Finally, the podcast also mentioned (if you are interested in the content, you can click to listen):
- The Internet has strengthened the desire to imitate, and cryptocurrency has created a way to measure its value
- Cryptocurrency tribes like Link Marines and XRP are actually imitating tribes
- How mimicry blends with Vitalik’s legitimacy ideas…
Once you understand this concept, you will find it everywhere.
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