Book of Changes is a social networking application that makes specific use of the decentralized Gaia storage system, unique stacks auth system and access to the verifiable random function through the stacks blockchain. The I Ching (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Ching_divination) is an ancient book that has been refined, updated and consulted for thousands of years (twice as long as the bible). It presents a powerful framework for decision making and acts as a bell-weather and unbiased confident in a time when belief in various religious traditions is waning and the world is as uncertain as ever. Learning how to consult the book and the actual process of casting yarrow stalks or coins, and constructing and finding the hexagram readings is extremely time consuming. It is also difficult to reference past readings unless you meticulous record and track yourself. The Book of Changes application allows users to login in with their unique Blockstack identifier and pose questions to the I Ching. The...
Book of Changes is a social networking application that makes specific use of the decentralized Gaia storage system, unique stacks auth system and access to the verifiable random function through the stacks blockchain. The I Ching (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Ching_divination) is an ancient book that has been refined, updated and consulted for thousands of years (twice as long as the bible). It presents a powerful framework for decision making and acts as a bell-weather and unbiased confident in a time when belief in various religious traditions is waning and the world is as uncertain as ever. Learning how to consult the book and the actual process of casting yarrow stalks or coins, and constructing and finding the hexagram readings is extremely time consuming. It is also difficult to reference past readings unless you meticulous record and track yourself. The Book of Changes application allows users to login in with their unique Blockstack identifier and pose questions to the I Ching. The dapp automates the process of casting yarrow stalks or coins with the yarrow stalk algorithm (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yarrow_algorithm) and generating the future and present hexagram for the specified reading. It presents the information for the user, stores the question and reading using the Gaia storage mechanism and includes space for the user to record notes and thoughts. The function that generates the yarrow cast / coin toss is a smart contract that lives on the blockstack blockchain. To query the book, the user must execute this smart contract and pay a small gas fee and small transaction fee, denominated in the stacks STX token. Also included in the application will be a social media functionality, which in part is anonymous. Users will have the ability to connect with "friends" to share readings and chat. Users will also be able to share their readings publicly to ask from feedback from the community on what the reading means. Additionally, there will be discussion boards on the hexagrams themselves as an opportunity to update the interpretation of the I Ching hexagrams to more appropriately suit the modern day. There are a number of translations of the I Ching into English and it is widely recognized that the Wilhelm edition is by far the highest quality. This is the edition that the Book of Changes MVP will be based on. But the book has been and always will be a living document and will evolve in the BoC app as the community contributes.
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