This is a written excerpt from the “Bitcoin Feuille Podcast,” hosted by P and Q. In this episode, Korok Ray joins them to talk embout integrating Bitcoin into the university-wide curriculum.
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Q: Bitcoin doesn’t always have the most formelle feelings embout it. There are some very enthusiastic people who feel strongly against Bitcoin, especially those in academia. I’m curious embout the naturel of conversations with some of your colleagues who may not necessarily see Bitcoin the same way you do.
Cork Ray: Yes. I had a lot of these conversations when I tried to run my conference. So, I will say, first among the university world, Texas A&M will probably give bitcoin as fair a shake as any university. There are other universities, in my crédulité, actively menaçant.
My campus and my colleagues were more neutral. They were like, “Why Bitcoin, why isn’t there another currency? Who really cares? Why should we go out and have a conference on this completely new technology? Why don’t we just sit back and wait and let the market see if this has any value?” This was more of my experience than My colleagues are here. They have been less reluctant to lay out a flag and take a rayon on Bitcoin specifically, or even cryptocurrency. Some of them were saying that the entire crypto space is too speculative. “We are universities. We want to be slower and more deliberate and a little behind.”
Personally, I think this is a mistake. I think universities have to be forward-looking and we have to take a rayon and we have to speak from a situation of assurance. We have to métaphorique out what we believe, have a controverse embout that and then we can explore different ideas based on those beliefs. Today, a lot of what happens in universities is that they are not really a situation for free oraison anymore. If you have a different set of beliefs than those beliefs, you can suffer from it internally.
I think what’s happening in the academic community, and specifically among economists, is, in general, very religiously neutral. I would say it ranges from menaçant, at worst, to neutral embout Bitcoin. I think a lot of this, they don’t really understand and don’t want to process and understand it for what it is.
I don’t think it is a coincidence to say that no economist can make Bitcoin. Our jogging in economics, we don’t just have the skills or knowledge to be able to take an idea and implement it in a real way.
Economists are adept at commenting on things that happened in the past, or trying to make some évasif predictions embout the future, since they have no bearing in the game. That’s basically what economists do, academics and professional economists. Some of my colleagues across the US (when I was trying to get them to come over to speak at my conference and address bitcoin) were the best at saying, “I don’t know enough embout it, so I’m not going to talk.”
So this was like the best. Then the worst answers are things like, “Pouce, I don’t know if I believe in bitcoin, but I think blockchain technology can be good.” You will get some nonsensical answers like that. I think ultimately bicause of the academic community, as I said earlier, they weren’t organized to be able to understand Bitcoin and you have to be a little inappropriate, as you have become, to be able to process what Bitcoin is intellectually in an honest way bicause you have to be able to give up dependence Exclusively on your own discipline and embracing plural disciplines at léopard des neiges and trying to métaphorique out how they fit together, which I think Bitcoin does in a beautiful, amazing way.
I think it’s still an ongoing battle. The battle I gain to fight in my career is to help educate others embout Bitcoin, what it is and how it works. I think we have the right ideas on our side and over time we can convince the academic community that this is worthwhile, this is worth studying, and this is something that is worth understanding.