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Robert Breedlove: Philosophy of Bitcoin from First Principles | Lex Fridman Podcast #176

Robert Breedlove: Philosophy of Bitcoin from First Principles | Lex Fridman Podcast #176

Lex Fridman

Money & Personal Sovereignty

Sovereignty is directly linked to power. A king or a state are sovereign through the power they can exert on your body. But we tend to think that our minds are free from any intervention and that we can maintain our sovereignty.

Money matters, in this situation, because they represe...

It is not the actual asset. It's the negotiated right to bear responsibility for an asset. And to own the fruits of exploiting an asset.

ex: when u own land it means the member of society agreed to your right of deciding to plant an orchard and to own t...

During the hunter-gatherer age, property was anything you could defend. Agriculture, however, allowed for economic surplus, which led to specialization & trade. For such a society to thrive property rights needs to be enforced without violence. 

States appeared as production protect...

We tend to think we are living in a market driven economy but all our institution rely on a state bank that has monopoly on money. And printing money is how a state interferes and controls its economy.

But inflation, the cause of such a practice (modernly known as quantitive easing)...

Entropy, the second law of thermodynamics, states that every closed system tends towards greater disorder. But life, as expressed through the Logos, is the anti-entropic system: we are converting chaos into order. It is an ancient religious belief but also what entrepreneurs are ...

Life is information propagating through flesh

We are ideas competing with each other. We manifesting through biological vehicles, which we call bodies. 

The theory came from Richard Dawkins Meme Theory: we evolve our ideas faster than our genes pushing the boundaries of biological evolution. 

Humans have wants & needs and we express our values through our actions. As we move from a more valuable A to a less valuable B, we fall off course. Our intelligence is what allows us to error correct.

This definition presupposes purposes, which we tie to our consciousness...

Pragmatic truth exists in addition to the absolute (scientific) one. Pragmatic truth deals with the practical subjective experience. This is what markets are good for. 

Markets generate 3 forms of pragmatic truth:

  1. Price: collective subjective demand of humani...

Money is a universal means of exchange. A technology that is enabled by something that has the highest proportion of trading ability to its utility (gold can be used for trade but also for jewelry & chips).

Money needs 5 characteristics. It needs to be:

  1. ...

The type of money that wins in a competition (say bitcoin vs the others) will have the deepest liquidity and most network effects. 

Bitcoin so far has the most active participants which make it the default alternative to gold. 

Long-term economic thinking is conducive to moral behavior. Low inflation helps us think long-term, allowing us to worry about the uncertain present while maintaining sanity over the future. 

ex: Think of a wine maker selling wine at $20/bottle. When a Central Bank doub...

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