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[D] The rationality of different LitRPG premises

For those unfamiliar with the genre, LitRPG is about characters who spend a significant amount of time immersed in a game world. Sword Art Online, Log Horizon, and Ready Player One are prominent examples, some argue that cyberpunk stories like Snow Crash and Neuromancer fall into this as well.
Lately I've been thinking about LitRPG, and plausible reasons for why players might spend a lot of time in an game world with high stakes. Having spend some time reading in the genre, I've found that most premises fall into one of three categories:
And some other less common categories:
There are some problems with the first example; Sword Art Online's premise is basically that the game and VR helmet were created by an essentially villainous designer with no regard for human life, and the idea that someone would have both the ability and desire to "trap" players in a game world that could kill them really strains credulity. (Stories with this premise are usually just about what happens in the game world, and the nature of the 'meta-game' is usually not explored too much, so readers usually aren't given much time to question the implausibility of the premise.)
I often take issue with the "portal fantasy" premise with game worlds that exist through supernatural means, partly for the reason that there is often no explicit reason for why the player must be sucked into a game world (as opposed to a generic fantasy world where there are no "levels" and your strength and stamina aren't governed by arbitrary integers). It feels like there is very little game inherent to this premise, and litRPG is a genre that is specifically about games. Arguably the same is true of "pure game worlds" where there is no transference and players just exist in a world that is governed by game mechanics.
To get a bigger point about why I'm holding certain litRPG premises up to a bit of scrutiny, rational fiction usually willingly accepts some contrivances. You get to have a small number of "this is just the way it is." We don't really need to explain why Superman has powers; he just does, and the consequences of his powers are the place where we expect things to hold up under rational scrutiny. It's okay to say "alchemists have figured out how to conjure gold;" it's not okay to have a world where people can conjure gold on a whim yet not have this affect the role of gold in the economy in any way.
One of the difficulties that litRPG can face is that most of the time, we're not just accepting a few contrivances. In a fantasy world, you can say "This is basically medieval Europe, but people have figured out how to conjure fireballs, and that has some implications on the way warfare and economies developed." Even in fantasy worlds where we have beasts like dragons or leviathans, we expect the world to reasonably adhere to first principals like evolution/natural selection, and try and come up with some explanation for why dragons exist, and you can be a little hand-wavy anyway since evolution is something that we only get to see the results of. You get a small number of contrivances "for free," and then from that point we expect the consequences of those to affect the world in a logical way.
However, in a "game world," you can't take things back to first principles, or if you do, it takes a lot of effort, because games are full of so many arbitrary rules. Now, this isn't a problem for rational litRPG that acknowledges the fact that the world is a game, because the answer to every one of these questions is always, "things are this way because the designers made them that way," and the parts of the game world that "work" are described as well-balanced by the designers, and flaws in the world can be explained as design oversights or exploits. However, if you want a game world that just exists absent any kind of human designer, you have to figure out why the world is governed by all of these arbitrary rules. (Probably the easiest way to do this is make it explicitly designed by non-humans: if it's not a virtual MMO designed by game developers in Montreal, then it can be a game-like world created by some supernatural deity who personally authored all of the content and rules of the world.) These are mostly issues with the "pure game world" and "portal fantasy" types of stories.
A work-around for the portal fantasy story would be to do something where you have a game world that is authored by humans on earth (designed like any other video game), and then the players get sucked into a game world that happens to perfectly (or reasonably) resemble that game world, which I guess only counts as a single arbitrary contrivance, which is more in the ballpark of what we'd allow for speculative fiction.
I feel like the economic incentive is probably the most rational or plausible, as gold farming is something that actually happened in popular games like World of Warcraft, and some games like EVE online even give you a legitimate venue for turning in-game resources into something that can be exchanged for cash. In this case, I think the test is less "can you make it rational," and more whether there's a way to put an interesting twist on it, or present it in a way other than "gather resources, sell resources." You could probably get some interesting stories ideas for this just by following real-world escapades surrounding the history of games like EVE Online or the "hat economy" of Valve games like TF2. (There are actually real-world instances of TF2's tradable cosmetics economy being used as a mechanism for money laundering.)
I also recently listened to an episode of Econtalk about Bitcoin and the economic crisis in Venezuela. Bitcoin mining has become a bit of a thing in Venezuela for a combination of several reasons: the socialist government provides citizens with electricity free of charge (meaning that it's possible to turn a profit farming Bitcoin there, unlike countries in the US where the cost of power to run mining equipment can greater than the return from farming), and Bitcoin is more widely accepted as a currency than the Venezuelan bolivar. (Venezuelans can use their Bitcoin to buy food from the US, and pretty much the only way to convert bolivars into other forms of currency like US dollars is on the black market, as bolivars are worth so little that nobody wants to buy them at the official fixed exchange rate.) You could map the same thing onto resources in an MMO, which are their own form of digital currency.
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List of Scott's most influential twitter followers

It seems like Scott/SSC has gotten much more mainstream recognition over the past year, so I was curious to know who the most influential SSC readers are now. Using twitter follower data for this isn't perfect (follower count is not a perfect proxy for influence, not all SSC readers follow the twitter account, etc.), but it's the best I could think of and I figured it would be a fun exercise regardless.
As an aside, a few interesting stats I learned about Scott's twitter followers (scraped on 12/30/17):
  1. Scott is followed by exactly two members of Congress: Justin Amash (Republican) and Jim Himes (Democrat)
  2. Scott has 351 bluecheck followers
  3. Of the top 100 most-followed followers, the gender breakdown (by my count) is 82 men vs 8 women (along with 10 organization or anonymous accounts). Among the top 50, it's 43 men and 1 woman (Liv Boeree)
  4. 385 followers (2% of the total) have bios including either "bitcoin", "ethereum", "crypto" or "blockchain"
  5. There are 67 followers whose bios include either "@Google", "@ Google", "at Google", or "Googler"
Note: When constructing the top 100 below, I excluded accounts that had extremely large Following counts, since I wanted the list to just consist of (likely) actual SSC readers. My exact rule was to exclude any account that follows >20K, include any that follows <10K, and include accounts in the 10K-20K range iff their following/follower ratio was less than 10% (this last condition was mostly just because I wanted to keep @pmarca on the list).
Anyway, below is the top 100. I also constructed lists for Eliezer, Robin Hanson, and gwern, and I can post those in the comments if anyone's interested.
Ranking Twitter Name Full Name Bio Bluecheck Follower Count Following Count
1 @NateSilver538 Nate Silver Editor-in-Chief, @FiveThirtyEight. Author, The Signal and the Noise (http://amzn.to/QdyFYV). Sports/politics/food geek. 1 2860782 1051
2 @ezraklein Ezra Klein Founder and editor-at-large, http://Vox.com. Come work with us! http://bit.ly/1ToAmQ8 1 2277052 1112
3 @timoreilly Tim O'Reilly Founder and CEO, O'Reilly Media. Watching the alpha geeks, sharing their stories, helping the future unfold. 1 1988716 1829
4 @paulg Paul Graham 1 1066366 322
5 @SamHarrisOrg Sam Harris Author of The End of Faith, The Moral Landscape, Waking Up, and other bestselling books published in over 20 languages. Host of the Waking Up… 1 974855 229
6 @techreview MIT Tech Review MIT Technology Review equips its audiences with the intelligence to understand a world shaped by technology. 1 794095 3367
7 @pmarca Marc Andreessen 1 672740 16319
8 @cdixon Chris Dixon programming, philosophy, history, internet, startups, investing 1 572260 3320
9 @RealTimeWWII WW2 Tweets from 1939 I livetweet the 2nd World War, as it happened on this day in 1939 & for 6 years to come (2nd time around). Created by Alwyn Collinson,… 0 516803 459
10 @VitalikButerin Vitalik Buterin See https://about.me/vitalik_buterin 1 458582 154
11 @Tribeca Tribeca Great stories from the greatest storytellers. 1 409581 18678
12 @bhorowitz Ben Horowitz Author of Ben's Blog (http://www.bhorowitz.com) and HarperBusiness book, THE HARD THING ABOUT HARD THINGS http://www.amazon.com/Hard-Thing-About-Things-Building-ebook/dp/B00DQ845EA/ref=sr_1_1… 1 405820 255
13 @mattyglesias Matthew Yglesias Fake news. Bad takes. Dad jokes. We’re actually on the Bad Place. 1 372341 754
14 @naval Naval Present. 0 339469 478
15 @SwiftOnSecurity SwiftOnSecurity I make stupid jokes, talk systems security, https://DecentSecurity.com + http://GotPhish.com, write Scifi, sysadmin, & use Oxford commas. Sprezzatura. 0 211672 7530
16 @alexismadrigal Alexis C. Madrigal staff writer @TheAtlantic in the real world, these just people with ideas Mexican, Oakland, Earthseed 1 203540 5682
17 @ScottAdamsSays Scott Adams Win Bigly: http://amzn.to/2myAGon 1 202042 788
18 @Khanoisseur Adam Khan Majordomo; Stuff at @Google @Twitter @SpaceX @Apple Exposing Trump https://www.gofundme.com/VolunteerJournalism… *Turn notifications on for breaking Trump… 0 183964 9359
19 @felixsalmon Felix Salmon Host and editor, Cause & Effect 1 180414 1832
20 @fmanjoo Farhad Manjoo (feat. Drake) NYT. DMs are open. signal: 4156836738. [email protected]. Instagram/Snapchat: fmanjoo 1 167592 4095
21 @VsauceTwo Vsauce2 Being Human. personal twitter: @kevleeb 0 151795 279
22 @russian_market Russian Market Swiss Financial Blogger. In Bitcoin we trust. 1 148866 939
23 @AaronDayAtlas Aaron Day CEO @Salucorp, Chairman @stark_360. #entrepreneur #btc #blockchain #healthcare #paleo #tech #dad Former candidate for #USSenate #ENTJ 0 133389 2075
24 @justinamash Justin Amash I defend #liberty and explain every vote at http://facebook.com/justinamash • 'Laws must be general, equal, and certain.' —F.A. Hayek 1 131997 5376
25 @Liv_Boeree Liv Boeree Poker player & Team Pokerstars Pro. Physics creature. Aspiring rationalist. Mountain goat. [email protected] 1 125366 451
26 @MaxCRoser Max Roser Researcher @UniOfOxford – Follow me for data visualizations of long-term trends of living standards – mostly from my web publication: http://www.OurWorldinData.org 1 114045 583
27 @Jonathan_Blow Jonathan Blow Game designer of Braid and The Witness. Partner in IndieFund. 0 112827 68
28 @andrewchen Andrew Chen Growth: @uber. Writer: http://andrewchen.co. Plus one: @briannekimmel 0 111077 6288
29 @charlescwcooke Charles C. W. Cooke Editor of National Review Online. Classical liberal. Immigrant. Jack’s Dad. Wino. ‘The American is the Englishman left to himself.’ 1 110071 872
30 @AlanEyre1 Alan Eyre Diplomat, U.S. State Dept, Energy Resources Bureau. Middle East/Asia Energy; ایران. RT doesn't =endorsement; 'likes' don't necessarily=likes, often… 1 106947 3514
31 @karpathy Andrej Karpathy Director of AI at Tesla. Previously a Research Scientist at OpenAI, and CS PhD student at Stanford. I like to train Deep Neural Nets on large datasets. 1 106643 445
32 @JamesADamore James Damore Nerd centrist interested in open discussions and improving the world by fixing perverse incentive structures. Author of the pro-diversity … 1 94580 210
33 @SherwoodStrauss Ethan Strauss Podcasting 1 88258 1204
34 @james_clear James Clear Author, weightlifter and travel photographer in 25+ countries. Over 400,000 people subscribe to my weekly newsletter on how to build better habits. 1 87968 218
35 @nk from the future Wealth and personal achievement expert 0 81712 591
36 @benthompson Ben Thompson AuthoFounder of @stratechery. Host of @exponentfm. @notechben for sports. @monkbent on other networks. Home on the Internet. 1 78746 1267
37 @matthewherper Matthew Herper Forbes reporter covering science and medicine 1 78698 2111
38 @JeremyCMorgan Jeremy Morgan Tech Blogger, Hacker, Pluralsight Author, and Volunteer Firefighter. Once held the world record for being the youngest person alive 0 78601 7365
39 @balajis Balaji S. Srinivasan CEO (http://Earn.com) and Board Partner (@a16z). I hear this Bitcoin thing might be kind of a big deal. You can reach me at http://earn.com/balajis. 1 70707 2936
40 @patrickc Patrick Collison Fallibilist, optimist. Stripe CEO. 1 68709 1875
41 @matthew_d_green Matthew Green I teach cryptography at Johns Hopkins. 0 68434 594
42 @delong Brad DeLong 🖖🏻 I'm trying to be smart, knowledgable, funny, and well-wishing. You try too--at least 2 of 4. Low volume: 1+ per day... 0 67968 1578
43 @flantz Frank Lantz game designer 0 66090 278
44 @MYSTIQUEWEST MYSTIQUE NYC The Mystique Gentlemen’s Strip Club offers the best in adult entertainment in New York City. With unique stage design, full bars and the most beautiful dancers. 0 64881 332
45 @AceofSpadesHQ TheOne&OnlyExpert I'm not #TheExpert, or the expert parodying #TheExpert. I'm the real expert. 0 64872 1464
46 @btaylor Bret Taylor President, Chief Product Officer of @Salesforce. Previously CEO Quip, CTO Facebook, CEO FriendFeed, co-creator Google Maps. Stanford fan, @Twitter… 1 64829 687
47 @wycats Yehuda Katz Tilde Co-Founder, OSS enthusiast and world traveler. 1 63933 849
48 @jahimes Jim Himes Connecticut Congressman. Reader. Runner. Swimmer. And I make maple syrup. 1 62820 411
49 @abnormalreturns Tadas Viskanta Financial Educator, Author and Editor of Abnormal Returns. 0 61693 413
50 @BrendanNyhan Brendan Nyhan @Dartmouth political science professor, @UpshotNYT contributor, and @BrightLineWatch co-organizer. Before: @CJR / Spinsanity / All the President'… 1 61508 6149
51 @matt_levine Matt Levine da, wo Menschen arbeiten, wird es immer Fehler geben 1 61314 990
52 @BretWeinstein Bret Weinstein Professor in Exile If we don't harness evolution, it will harness us. 1 61049 536
53 @gaberivera Gabe Rivera Blame me for @Techmeme and @mediagazer. Nicer than my tweets. Often sarcastic. DMs are open. 2+2â‰5. Retweets are endorphins. 1 59927 5599
54 @SarahTheHaider Sarah Haider Promotes free-speech, human rights, liberalism, atheism. Director of Outreach,Ex-Muslims of North America. Pakistani by birth, American by… 0 59574 292
55 @TheInfinite_T ✨Infinite_T✨ NSFW Send GoogleWallet to [email protected] pls send all your tokens to http://mfc.im/infinite_t/t Wishlist: http://a.co/8taURYD 0 59061 645
56 @cblatts Chris Blattman Political economist studying conflict, crime, and poverty, and @UChicago Professor @HarrisPolicy and @PearsonInst. I blog at … 0 57670 2445
57 @jamestaranto James Taranto Editorial Features Editor, in charge of @WSJ op-ed pages. Best of the Web columnist 2000-17. 1 56733 174
58 @nitashatiku Nitasha Tiku Senior writer @Wired covering Silicon Valley [email protected], DM for Signal 1 56133 4327
59 @DKThomp Derek Thompson Writer at @TheAtlantic. Author of HIT MAKERS. Talker on NPR's @hereandnow. Economics of work and play. derek[at]theatlantic[dot]com 1 53387 1116
60 @aliamjadrizvi Ali A. Rizvi Pakistani-Canadian author of The Atheist Muslim (SMP/Macmillan). Amazon order link below. Co-host of @SecularJihadist podcast. Contact:… 1 52806 784
61 @RameshPonnuru Ramesh Ponnuru @NRO, @BV, @AEI, @CBS. Husband of @aprilponnuru. 1 51721 613
62 @JYuter Rabbi Josh Yuter "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways" Is. 55:8. Jewish stuff + bad jokes. All opinions subject to change. 1 50731 2599
63 @meganphelps Megan Phelps-Roper “You're just a human being, my dear, sweet child.” Speaking requests: [email protected] Contact: [email protected] 1 49678 792
64 @albertwenger Albert Wenger VC at http://usv.com 1 49107 1794
65 @paulbloomatyale Paul Bloom Psychologist who studies and writes about human nature—including morality, pleasure, and religion 1 48579 391
66 @conor64 Conor Friedersdorf Staff writer at The Atlantic, founding editor of The Best of Journalism–subscribe here: https://www.ponyexpress.io/subscribe/thebestofjournalism… 1 46977 1405
67 @EricRWeinstein Eric Weinstein Managing director @ Thiel Capital. Some assembly required. Spelling not included. May contain math. Tweets are my own. 1 46263 850
68 @adamdangelo Adam D'Angelo CEO of Quora 1 45545 526
69 @robbystarbuck Robby Starbuck Director + Producer + Founder at RSM Creative - Husband to @imatriarch - Dad to 3 Kids + 2 Dogs - Futurist - Cuban American - Fan of Civilized Debate 1 45308 1842
70 @clairlemon Claire Lehmann Principle before affiliation. Founder, editor http://quillette.com. Contact me at http://earn.com/clairelehmann 1 45305 2000
71 @tombennett71 Tom Bennett Director of researchED- https://researched.org.uk Chair of @educationgovuk Behaviour group. Free training available here http://www.tombennetttraining.co.uk 1 43859 3698
72 @m2jr Mike Maples The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep,And miles to go before I sleep,And miles to go before I sleep.-Robert Frost 0 43629 3915
73 @DavidDidau David Didau Education writer and speaker. Ginger. #PsychBook OUT NOW! https://goo.gl/xyDIjO; #WrongBook still available: http://amzn.to/1Opyach 0 43531 1092
74 @ByronTau Byron Tau congress et al. for @wsj. interested in law, lobbying, nat'l security, investigations, gov't ethics and . contact me securely: http://bit.ly/2s2HTfG 1 43026 2699
75 @MichaelKitces MichaelKitces One nerd’s perspective on the financial planning world… CFP, #LifelongLearner, Entrepreneur-In-Denial, Advisor #FinTech, & publisher of the Nerd’s Eye View blog 1 42304 459
76 @rahulkapil Rahul Kapil Come to observe. Stay to play. 0 41987 975
77 @michaelbatnick Irrelevant Investor Long-distance reader 0 41620 1076
78 @yegg Gabriel Weinberg CEO & Founder, @DuckDuckGo. Co-author, Traction. I want to publish zines and rage against machines. DM for Signal. 1 39470 151
79 @Jesse_Livermore Jesse Livermore Trader, Speculator, Bucketeer 0 39190 4459
80 @iconominet ICONOMI Digital Assets Management Platform for the Decentralised Economy 0 39030 1942
81 @IKucukparlak İlker Küçükparlak Psikiyatrist http://ihtisastramvayi.com 0 38018 757
82 @vdare Virginia Dare The Twitter account for the editors of VDARE. Featured at the 2016 Republican National Convention 0 37723 4429
83 @juliagalef Julia Galef SF-based writer & speaker focused on reasoning, judgment, and the future of humanity. Host of the Rationally Speaking podcast (@rspodcast) 1 37530 340
84 @nicknotned Nick Denton Internet publisher 1 36708 2524
85 @JeremyMcLellan Jeremy McLellan Standup Comedian, Papist-in-training, biryani extremist, alleged member of the Muslim Cousinhood, US ambassador to the Pindi Boyz, spy pigeon trainer 1 36253 1538
86 @collision John Collison Co-founder of @stripe. 0 35995 1290
87 @narcissawright ♕ Narcissa fledgling seer 1 35375 1266
88 @panzer Matthew Panzarino Editor-in-Chief, TechCrunch. Telecom stories killed: 0. PGP Key https://keybase.io/panzer 1 35162 2902
89 @EconTalker Russell Roberts How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life (http://amzn.to/1o72lYh), EconTalk host, econ novelist, co-creator of Keynes/Hayek rap videos, http://www.wonderfulloaf.org/ 0 34611 669
90 @nktpnd Ankit Panda Senior Editor @Diplomat_APAC in NYC. Thinking/writing/speaking on global security, politics, and economics. Via @WilsonSchool. Views mine & RTâ‰â€¦ 1 34041 995
91 @Official_Quame Kwame A. A Opoku Futurist• Global Business Speaker, Founder @fobaglobal, @wefestafrica, @ideafactorylive • CEO Mary&Mary LLC • Entrepreneur • Tedx Speaker •Influencer 0 33924 3526
92 @dylanmatt Dylan Matthews I know, I know, I don't like me either. Retweets are proposals of marriage. 1 33262 5579
93 @Jonnymagic00 Jon Finkel I'm a magic player who also manages a hedge fund. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Finkel 0 33234 284
94 @Heminator Mark Hemingway "After all these years of professional experience, why can’t I write good?" Senior Writer @WeeklyStandard. Husband of @MZHemingway. 1 33034 4877
95 @sweenzor Onson Sweemey 0 32044 5288
96 @PhilosophersEye Philosopher's Eye Philosophy updates, pop culture, fun stuff, and links to resources from the Wiley Blackwell Philosophy Team. 0 31931 6503
97 @VladZamfir Vlad Zamfir Absurdist, troll. 0 31764 418
98 @m_clem Michael Clemens Fellow @[email protected]_bonn. My views only. Assoc. Editor @JPopEcon & @WorldDevJournal. Author of @WallsofNations, coming in 2018.… 1 31746 3650
99 @RudyHavenstein Rudolf E. Havenstein ReichsBank®President 1908-1923; Central Bank consultant. 'My way of joking is to tell the truth' - GB Shaw. Tweets solely for my own amusemen… 0 31115 1293
100 @tikhon Tikhon Bernstam CEO & Founder of Parse (YC S'11, acquired by Facebook for $85M in 2013). Founder @Scribd (YC S'06). @ycombinator alum. 0 31030 5184
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How can I stop worrying and learn to love SegWit?

I first learned of bitcoin in 2011 through this podcast: http://www.econtalk.org/archives/2011/04/andresen_on_bit.html
I've followed it on and off since and recall in ~2015 have a vague awareness of the block size issue.
Since the most recent run up, I've been on a deep dive into all things crypto. As part of this, I've read the white paper a few times, Mastering Bitcoin (only once), and related articles and have listened to hundreds of hours of podcasts and YouTube videos.
I first became aware of Segregated Witness via an Ameer Rosic YouTube video, and my gut thought was "interesting, an upgrade to the bitcoin protocol that will make it better (and more valuable!)". Ansel Lindner was the first person to start to provide context about the warring factions, and through this I learned of a sinister foreigner named Jihan/Jihad.
It also took some concerted effort to figure out that bitcoin and btc were not the same thing. I first got wind of this through allegations that bitcoin was "censored". In investigating, I determined bitcoin was probably not "censored", at least in the way most meaningful sense of the word, i.e. government supression of speach. It does seem speech was "suppressed" on bitcoin by non-government actors, in ways familiar to anyone who has followed Twitter, Facebook, and reddit vis a vis USA politics over the past two years.
Here are the questions I cannot shake:
Is it not the case that SegWit is a Rube Goldberg-style solution to the problem of scaling? Why would we we want to segregate the witness, when the "witness" is the the thing? For the sake of stability and clean code in general, why not just change the block size? To my understanding, the current 1mb block size was not part of the original protocol, so it seems it could be adjusted upward without deviating from the original vision.
The counter to this I've seen is "you want to centralize/corporate-ize bitcoin" - without much nuance beyond that. I can assure you I do not want bitcoin centralized; I'd love to see bitcoin dominate the global financial system. Further, it is not prima facie evident that 2mb blocks centralizes bitcoin / makes it easier to attack - a counter objection could be that a 2mb block would make bitcoin more useable and thus more valuable making more wealthy bitcoiners that would have the option of participating in mining / decentralizing the network.
Briefly I subcribed to the "avoid a chain split by any means necessary opinion". My current hope is that somehow a non-segwit, larger block blockchain emerges and the market can sort out the competing valuations.
At this point, I'm worried that a solution that strikes me as highly weird is being foisted on the network. How can I stop worrying and learn to love SegWit?
Thank you
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How can I stop worrying and learn to love SegWit?

I first learned of bitcoin in 2011 through this podcast: http://www.econtalk.org/archives/2011/04/andresen_on_bit.html
I've followed it on and off since and recall in ~2015 have a vague awareness of the block size issue.
Since the most recent run up, I've been on a deep dive into all things crypto. As part of this, I've read the white paper a few times, Mastering Bitcoin (only once), and related articles and have listened to hundreds of hours of podcasts and YouTube videos.
I first became aware of Segregated Witness via an Ameer Rosic YouTube video, and my gut thought was "interesting, an upgrade to the bitcoin protocol that will make it better (and more valuable!)". Ansel Lindner was the first person to start to provide context about the warring factions, and through this I learned of a sinister foreigner named Jihan/Jihad.
It also took some concerted effort to figure out that bitcoin and btc were not the same thing. I first got wind of this through allegations that bitcoin was "censored". In investigating, I determined bitcoin was probably not "censored", at least in the way most meaningful sense of the word, i.e. government supression of speach. It does seem speech was "suppressed" on bitcoin by non-government actors, in ways familiar to anyone who has followed Twitter, Facebook, and reddit vis a vis USA politics over the past two years.
Here are the questions I cannot shake:
Is it not the case that SegWit is a Rube Goldberg-style solution to the problem of scaling? Why would we we want to segregate the witness, when the "witness" is the the thing? For the sake of stability and clean code in general, why not just change the block size? To my understanding, the current 1mb block size was not part of the original protocol, so it seems it could be adjusted upward without deviating from the original vision.
The counter to this I've seen is "you want to centralize/corporate-ize bitcoin" - without much nuance beyond that. I can assure you I do not want bitcoin centralized; I'd love to see bitcoin dominate the global financial system. Further, it is not prima facie evident that 2mb blocks centralizes bitcoin / makes it easier to attack - a counter objection could be that a 2mb block would make bitcoin more useable and thus more valuable making more wealthy bitcoiners that would have the option of participating in mining / decentralizing the network.
Briefly I subcribed to the "avoid a chain split by any means necessary opinion". My current hope is that somehow a non-segwit, larger block blockchain emerges and the market can sort out the competing valuations.
At this point, I'm worried that a solution that strikes me as highly weird is being foisted on the network. How can I stop worrying and learn to love SegWit?
Thank you
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In this thread: share the podcasts you listen to (not strictly Ancap-related)

Mine:
Econtalk
I have listened to probably 150 or so episodes of econtalk at www.econtalk.org. The host Russ Roberts has had an amazing list of guest including Gavin Andreesen, Milton Friedman, Ronald Coase, Tyler Cowen, Bryan Caplan, and many many more, on a wide variety of subjects.
Let's Talk Bitcoin www.letstalkbitcoin.com Twice-weekly hour-long episodes about bitcoin.
Rationally Speaking http://rationallyspeakingpodcast.org/ If you've ever read any of the Overcoming Bias or Less Wrong blogs then you might like this. Podcast about understanding and practicing human rationality/irrationality.
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