[ExI] Input for article on "The Extropian Roots of Bitcoin"

Mike Dougherty msd001 at gmail.com
Tue Sep 30 12:30:34 UTC 2014

On Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 4:57 AM, Giulio Prisco <giulio at gmail.com> wrote:
> I am writing for a Bitcoin magazine and I want to write an article on
> "The Extropian Roots of Bitcoin." Of course the evident connections
> are Hal Finney and the fact that the original Bitcoin paper was first
> shared on Perry Metzger cryptography mailing list.
> I joined this list in 1997 or 98 and I remember some good crypto
> discussions at that time, but I am sure there were even more
> discussions before. Who of the old-timers (and others) wants to share
> memories, facts and opinions?

I was not involved then, so have no direct experience to offer.  However...

Are non-Extropians going to appreciate the suggestion that Bitcoin is
'rooted' in some group they've never heard of?  Are you trying to
advertise Extropy to a large audience of Bitcoin fans?  I guess I'm
just unclear from that title what your goal might be.  Given the
success (or not) of an article seems to be directly related to
clickiness [i know, but what's the word?] of the title, I'm proposing
feedback on that point alone.

If the analogy is that Bitcoin's roots grew from Extropy's fertile
soil, then I'd feel less like you are trying to use Bitcoin to drive
attention [mind-share] into your group - and instead give me some more
history about Bitcoin and the intellectual environment from which it
sprouted. (which I assume is your real intent)

I don't know the Bitcoin audience but I imagine the Extropy audience
will be very interested in reading about the less-evident connections.
Good luck Giulio :)

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