none of the kernel core learning objectives have concrete answers. this is because there are no simple, one size fits all answers to the questions we are interested in learning about and teaching. that is what makes them good questions. our aim here is to give you the framework to begin thinking in transformative wa ys about the most important questions raised by this web three world we are buil ding, together. kernel fellows will separate themselves by their ability to identify patterns. pattern recognition is at the core of cognition. becoming more conscious of patt erns which already exist, as well as how you choose to interact with those in yo ur local environment, is the single best thing you can do to improve your critic al thinking skills. in particular, we hope kernel fellows begin thinking in terms of complementary opposites. rather than using dualities like decentralization good, centralization bad, or d efi is innovative, fiat is boring, this style of thinking recognizes that there is no good without evil, no attraction without repulsion, no north with south, n o up without down. we could describe this as quantum thought, being able to contemplate both zero a nd one simultaneously, and the spectrum of probability between. if you can hold this all in a superposition without any grasping after certainty, you can proces s significantly more information per qubit, and so make more effective decisions because the lack of certainty humbles you. kernel fellows should have humility. we cannot be sure what the effect of our ac tions will be, we can only cultivate an acute observational awareness which will guide us toward making the right trade offs. if you want to change the world, the world will inevitably act back and change y ou. the results of web two applications have made this clear. the greater our co llective humility, the more gentle this exchange will be as web three comes to l ife. the critical idea here is that thinking consciously about trade offs, and develo ping the ability to hold many different probabilities in mind simultaneously wit hout allowing personal bias to obscure your view of all possible futures, allows you to pick the middle way more often than not.