How Bitcoin is Like A Giant Cybernetic Meta-Brain.

Decentralization, social media graphs and full nodes in the Bitcoin ecosystem resemble the structures of and communications between neurons within a brain.

1. Abstract:

2. Introduction

3. What’s a Brain?

Part I: Neurons

The Anatomy of a Neuron:

Illustration 3–1: The main parts of a neuron are its 1) Cell body which contains the cell nucleus. The nucleus contains a copy of the host creature’s DNA; 2) The Axon and Axon Terminals which carry the electrical signals transmitted by the neuron; and 3) the Dendrites which receive the electrical signals sent by other neurons. (Image provided by Chiefmonkey)

Part II: Neural Connections — The architecture of the Brain

Illustration 3–2: Neurons connect by having their axon terminals meet other neurons’ dendrites over gaps called synapses. Their electrical impulses, called action potentials, need to cross the synapse to send a message. This connection is one-way only: From axon terminal to dendrite. (Image by Chiefmonkey)
Illustration 3–3: each neuron can connect its axon terminals to many other neurons and may have many other neurons connect their axon terminals to its dendrites. (Image by Chiefmonkey)
Illustration 3–4: two neurons can connect to each other to form a bi-directional connection. Although it is not pictured here, these neurons will each have many connections to other neurons too. (Image by Chiefmonkey)
Illustration 3–5: A neuron may indirectly receive feedback about a message it has sent as that message propogates across a set of connections that eventually lead back to itself. (Image by Chiefmonkey)

Part III: Action Potentials — the Signals in the Brain:

Part IV: The Uniqueness of Each Neuron

Part V: Neurogenesis and Neuroplasticity

Part VI: The Thinking, Conscious Whole

4. Comparing Bitcoin to a Brain.

Illustration 4–1: Every part of the brain cell has an analog in our mapping: 1) Cell bodies, with their nucleii that contain DNA are equivalent to Bitcoiners with their full nodes that contain the blockchain; 2) Axon Terminals that reach out to other neurons are equivalent the list of social media followers a bitcoiner has; and 3) Dendrites that receive messages from other neurons are equivalent to the list of bitcoiners whose social media accounts a bitcoiner follows.

Part I: Bitcoin’s Nucleii and its DNA — Full Nodes and the Blockchain:

This precise history aligns bitcoiners in agreement with one another about something very important to them — which bitcoins they own. Bitcoiners are thus themselves part of a greater whole where each part of that whole contains something identical and seeks to protect and reproduce that identical thing. That is the analogue we draw with the DNA of living organisms, as organisms contain a full copy of the creature’s DNA in every single cell.

Part II: Bitcoin’s Neurons and Their Interconnections: The Bitcoiners and Social Media.

Part III: How Bitcoiners Communicate Like Neurons

Illustration 4–2: Tweets flow from bitcoiner to bitcoiner in a manner very similar to how action potentials from one neuron to another in a brain.
The mappings between entities in the Bitcoin ecosystem and entities within brains

5. Cashing In — Let’s Think About This

Part I: Examples to Test the Hypothesis

Example 1: A meditation — Consider the similarities

Example 2: If you’re a bitcoiner, does your awareness of this very paper correspond to this paper’s hypothesis?

Example 3: Might you share this?

Example 4: Consider the parallels of decentralized contemplation and transmission of ideas between neurons and bitcoiners

A Quick Aside: Welcome to an Additional Perspective of Yourself.

If you’re a bitcoiner and the above analogy is plausible to you, then please allow us to take a moment to warmly welcome you to the idea that you may represent something neuron-like in the brain-like structure that has emerged through the evolving interactions between human beings, social media and Bitcoin.

Part II: A Skeptical Moment - Wait Just a Minute.

Is There Actually Anything Different Going On Here Than What Goes On Everywhere All the Time?

In Bitcoin an idea only finds support through a process of being propagated, and modified as necessary, across enough bitcoiners to actually be adopted by all of them without causing any loss of consensus about the rules or state of Bitcoin.

Bitcoin is Unique:

Part III: Neuroplasticity — Becoming a Bitcoiner and Managing your connections

Part IV: Can We Actually Say There is Some Kind of Meta-Consciousness?

Thoughts As Flowing Fields of Neural Activity

Flowing Fields of Messaging Activity Between Bitcoiners

Part V: A case study of MetaBrain Thought — Bitcoin and Energy Use

7. Conclusion and Summary

Destroying the lies that imprison people