What is really going on?
This is the question that ties together the many fields I delve into. Something is off in conventional wisdom at times, sometimes exactly backwards. Those are the conditions to which I am inexorably drawn. I need to get to the bottom of that. Sometimes I am happy when I find that someone else has already done the needed work. Then I can just read their books and recommend them to others. In other cases, though, I end up realizing that I have developed ideas that I have not read elsewhere. That is when I have to dig in to explain how I have come to see things, most often in writing.
This places into perspective some of the main content areas on this site: Bitcoin Theory, the economic and social implications of Bitcoin; Jurisprudence, philosophical foundations of concepts and practices of legality; Evolutionary Health, nutrition, fitness, and agriculture from long-term perspectives grounded in evolution; Translation, which for me is a practice of transforming language barriers into cultural portals; and Spacial Dynamics, a new approach to enhancing ease and effectiveness in all forms of movement and interaction.
The process of spotting falsehoods that are large, systematic, and popularly accepted in any field is fascinating. At the same time, my orientation is positive. Spotting a “big lie,” a “naked emperor,” or just a hopelessly confused research path, signals an opportunity—the most interesting part is working to figure out something better. This process led me far from certain kinds of conventional wisdom (ones that turn out not to be so wise) in multiple areas. New ones still appear from time to time, which still surprises me at times, although I should be used to it by now. Shifting a paradigm can seem akin to taking Morpheus’s proverbial “red pill” as portrayed in The Matrix. However, there is not just one Matrix, as in the film, there are many layers of entrenched illusions, matrices obscuring what is truer and more effective. It can be surprising just how confused conventional wisdom really is—about a great many things. Fortunately, seeing through an illusion in one field can help more easily do the same elsewhere. One can detect things that one had been taught not to question and find truths that those barriers had obscured.
Konrad S. Graf has published articles on bitcoin monetary theory and action-based legal philosophy and has presented on these topics at conferences in Europe and Australia. In 2015, he published Are Bitcoins Ownable? a monograph on bitcoin and property rights theory. His article, “Commodity, scarcity, and monetary value theory in light of Bitcoin,” appeared in The Journal of Prices & Markets in 2015. His late-2013 monograph On the Origins of Bitcoin was among the final three for a Blockchain Award in 2014 for most insightful academic paper (Satoshi won). He has worked as a professional translator since 1998, translating Japanese to English, primarily investment research. German is his third language. He has lived in the US, India, Japan, and Germany. He is a Level III trainer in the Spacial Dynamics™ approach to postural coaching and movement performance, which he began learning in 2003. The principles of this more active field inform a constructively oriented approach to intellectual work and discourse.