What is really going on?
Something is off in conventional wisdom at times, sometimes exactly backwards. And I need to get to the bottom of that. Sometimes someone else has already done the needed work. I can just read their books and recommend them to others.
In other cases, I end up realizing that I have developed ideas and integrations that I have not read elsewhere. That is when I dig in to explain how I have come to see things. This overarching context of investigation ties together the diverse content I address, including:
- 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 I take up as a practice of transforming language barriers into cultural portals; and
- Spacial Dynamics, a new approach to enhancing ease and effectiveness 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 figuring out something better. This process led me far from certain kinds of conventional wisdom (ones that turn out not to be so wise).
Shifting a paradigm can seem akin to taking Morpheus’s red pill as portrayed in The Matrix. However, there is not just one Matrix, there are many layers of entrenched illusions, matrices obscuring what is truer and more effective. Fortunately, seeing through an illusion in one field can help more easily do the same elsewhere.
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? Property Rights, IP Wrongs, and Legal Theory Implications, 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: Stages of Monetary Evolution was among the final three for a Blockchain Award in 2014 for most insightful academic paper.
His in-depth 2011 paper “Action-Based Jurisprudence: Praxeological Legal Theory in Relation to Economic Theory, Ethics, and Legal Practice,” sets out a comprehensive new framework for legal theory grounded in the Misesian action-analysis tradition.
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.
In pursuit of optimal health, he has spent years researching nutrition and gradually transforming his personal practices in the direction of more and more reliable success built around an evolutionary health framework. He practices the approach to basic barbell strength training described in the book, Starting Strength.