Bitcoin is the Next Step in the Evolution of Human Communication: Historical Context, Tominaga Nakamoto, and Bitcoin
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The root of much of the World’s social problems can be described by one concept — historical context or a lack thereof. A fundamental issue with human communication is the fact that over time the original meaning and intent of a message changes. This can be as a result of inaccurate retelling — as in the children’s game Telephone — or more fundamentally as a result of the fluid nature of society: changing zeitgeists, paradigms, regimes, culture… essentially any time you’re viewing information with a new perspective, you lose a bit of that information’s original intent. Historians and Anthropologists continuously battle with this phenomenon, and it makes doing any sort of academic work extremely difficult and puts their work more in the realm of probability than certainty.
It’s also a root problem with sacred texts and their interpretations; particularly when those texts are more prescriptive than normative. We don’t know and we can never know what the Profit Muhammed actually meant in the Quaran because he lived thousands of years ago in very different daily contexts and operated with a very different set of schemas to guide his action than those that we use today. The best we can do is look at the overall spirit or general intent of action and apply as much historical context as we can to derive a sense of personality and project that sense to modern times.
For example, given what we know, based on the deviation from the general population that he was during his time, Muhammed would have very likely been a champion for women’s rights and the MeToo movement if he were alive today and looked at the world the way we look at it today. The point being is meaning is lost without context, and context is lost overtime unless it can be somehow encoded.
Tominaga Nakamoto, a Japanese rationalist philosopher (1715–1746) of the Tokugawa Shogunate realized this loss of meaning over time. He was very critical of Buddhism, Confucianism and Shintoism during his short life. His goal — makoto no michi or “the way of truthfullness” — was to create moral relationships and endow trust amongst human beings.
Nakamoto’s thesis was that true history is altered by those those who read it to benefit their own aims — to self-affirm their own conceptions. He believed that a system could maintain context so long as a record of any entries or changes of information was kept along with the information itself. Until very recently (within the last 11 years) we did not have the technology to achieve this aim. Then, in 2008, under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, Dr. Craig Steven Wright shared the Original Bitcoin White paper.
Bitcoin is An Immutable Ledger of Truth
Dr. Wright has stated in his own words, the connection between Tominaga Nakamoto’s thesis and his intent behind the Bitcoin and more generally the Metanet protocols.” Bitcoin is a system that creates an ordered and structured history, one where changes can occur; but within the system, if exchange occurs, the nature of the change is recorded. In Bitcoin, we have the answer to Nakamoto’s history and his dilemma and problem. Satoshi, the system of wise ancestry, is a system of blocks ordered throughout time. It is a system that records all the problems and mitigates them, because the answers are available to audit.” Dr. Wright’s conception addresses 2 fundamental issues
- Bitcoin and the Metanet are immutable time based triple-entry ledgers so all information inputted and any changes thereafter are documented as per Nakamoto’s thesis.
- Bitcoin and the Metanet are public. This doesn’t mean they are insecure or all information stored within transactions is available for all to see. It means they are equally accessible to every human being on Earth by design. You do not need to be special to interact with and use the Bitcoin or Metanet protocol. It is by design extremely cheap and available to all to use for all kinds of actions and transactions. And it means corruption of historical context is for all intents and purposes eliminated.
It is for these two reason chiefly that Bitcoin and the Metanet are the next step in humanity’s evolution of communication; speech and the written word. Going back to the first pristine civilization in human history — Mesopotamia in 3,500 BCE — we see evidence of cuneiform tablets and other communication tools.
Through the printing press to the Internet, our methods of information storage and transfer have been honed through technological innovation. However, the fundamental issue of lack of historical context — a lack of certainty of truth — remained. Until now.
Bitcoin is not simply a payment system. It is much much bigger than that. It is an evolution in how we communicate as human beings and it will have very deep, positive, consequences in how we govern ourselves and interact with each other, fundamentally, and on a global scale.
It’s just begun, and we have the privilege to be here to be apart of it and realize it. What an amazing moment in time. Thank you Dr. Wright, Tominaga, and all those whom have helped us get to this point.