John McAfee Raises Interesting Points About Ignorance in a Bold Social Experiment on Twitter

  • John McAfee released an essay to describe the power held by individuals who know the ignorance of others.
  • To support his statement, McAfee performed an experiment on Twitter to see how gullible followers were.

Whether you like, love or simply adore John McAfee, one thing that remains consistent throughout his entire crypto-centric community existence – fantastic, fun-filled content to consume. Whether with a sense of humor or a humorous twist of reality (see whale reproduction tweets below [lol]), John McAfee is best-known for his anti-virus software to most of the world, but anyone that follows him on Twitter knows he is a man of quite a few controversial words.

Though the attention was recently on him for threatening to reveal the true identity of Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto, he held back. It seems like he’s found a new target for his so-called wisdom in a new essay titled “A thought experiment with John McAfee.”

During the blog, McAfee starts off by calling knowledge the “number one commodity” in today’s world. However, he turns the attention elsewhere, calling it “odd” that no one has exploited the world’s ignorance instead, considering the plentiful attention that has been placed on discovering more knowledge.

McAfee urges the reader to consider the following situation before he or she is deterred from the essay – “if you were a used car salesman, would you prefer to sell a used car, which generally has some small or large defects – brake pads worn and due for replacement, a small engine oil leak, etc. – to a person highly knowledgeable about automobiles and how they work, or to a person who is completely ignorant of every aspect of automobiles, with the sole exception of how to drive them?”

He contends that the information that someone does not know will eventually be substantially more than what they do, adding that this is certain. He clarifies that the discussion is about the “metadata” on what people don’t know, which he feels will soon be able to do “everything” with.

He states that the first group to take advantage of this information will end up being the “least upstanding” individuals, like “confidence men, cults, telephone marketers, salesmen of miracle cures, questionable fringe products, etc.” Essentially, holding a data set of all this information would open the door to manipulation or worse, though there’s still positive ways to use it.

Based on that use, the obvious question arises – “How can a data set of people’s ignorance be collected?” McAfee reveals that the question has been on his mind for the last five years, but he thinks he is come up with a solution at this point, saying that “indirectness” allows someone to discover these details.

Explaining, McAfee states, “Indirectness is the key to collecting ignorance data without imparting knowledge of the area you are testing. Direct questions can imply the answer. We must ask questions about the implications of a specific piece of knowledge rather than ask about the item itself.”

Always a man to make his point in a strange way, McAfee explains that he put down an experiment of imposing ignorance on a large group. In this case, his experiment was to see how gullible followers were, claiming that he was involved with a club in Hawaii that supports sexual relations with humpback whales. He commented that anyone who considered this action for a moment would see how impossible it is, but alas, the post received plenty of comments of convinced followers.

In the experiment, McAfee and his researchers asked 100 random commenters about the tweets, asking if there are really people who make love to whales, and if McAfee is one of them. While 62% of these people agreed that people do engage in this sexual conduct, a mere 41% believed that McAfee engages in it. Essentially, the experiment proved McAfee’s point – “disinformation, which is ignorance of the truth, is simple to impose, even if logic denies it. What is even simpler is discovering a person’s ignorance set without imparting knowledge.”

The full essay can be viewed here. In other news here is the latest on the price of Bitcoin as McAfee's $1,000,000 BTC/USD price prediction is still on the line by December 2020.

Bitcoin’s price is $29,121.42 BTC/USD exchange rate today. The real-time BTC market cap of $545.75 Billion currently ranks #1 with a chart dominance at 62.37%, daily trading volume of $35.05 Billion and live coin value change of BTC -11.64 in the last 24 hours.

Live Bitcoin (BTC) Price:

1 BTC/USD =$29,121.4232 change ~ -11.64%

Coin Market Cap

$545.75 Billion

24 Hour Volume

$35.05 Billion

24 Hour VWAP

$31.84 K

24 Hour Change


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