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We talk about moral foundations and useful diversions with Alan Barksdale.

We start off talking about Coinbase reversing their first memo about not supporting Bitcoin Cash at first. Now, they will be supporting Bitcoin Cash by the end of the year. They likely did this due to all of their pissed off customers and the big hit they would have taken for their initial stance on this issue.

Alan Barksdale is the secretary of the Masidon County Libertarian Party.

Moral foundations theory is a social psychological theory intended to explain the origins of and variation in human moral reasoning on the basis of innate, modular foundations. The original theory proposed five such foundations: Care/Harm, Fairness/Cheating, Loyalty/Betrayal, Authority/Subversion, and Sanctity/Degradation; however, its authors envisioned the possibility of including additional foundations.

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Meet the hosts

Scott McDonald is the Ancap Barber. Born and raised in Huntsville AL, he is an agorist barber extraordinaire. Along with his beautiful wife, Erika McDonald, he fathers the wonder child, Elsie McDonald. Scott has been involved in political and philosophical discussion for most of his adult life. His mission in life is to spread liberty at every opportunity, as well as eventually owning his own barber shop. Adam Brown is a musician, libertarian, and minarchist, as well as the co-host of the Ancap Barber Shop. He and Scott make up the doom country duo, Pinecone Percy. Adam believes in minimal government and personal freedoms, you will usually find him shredding on a guitar, banging on drums or debating anarchy and religion with Scott. He was born and raised in Huntsville, AL. His goal is to share his passion for freedom and liberty to anyone and everyone.

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  • Let me get your thoughts on this. I’m not a philosopher but I’ve noticed it seems like people – even professional philosophers are confused about what they can and can’t know. You know Descartes guy? asked, “what can I know for sure” eventually came to, “I think therefore I am.” He thought (correctly) that the only thing you can know for certain is that you’re having a subjective experience. You might not know what that experience means but you know you’re having it. You know you exist because to experience is to exist, but everything else you think you know is not what you know but what you believe. I think that’s right but if you think I’m off base, let me know. So here’s where people seem to go wrong: they seem to think that means everything is up for grabs – that there is no truth, that all other things are equally uncertain. This assumption to me seems to manifest in such things as post modernism. But the assumption is not true is it? Some beliefs we may hold about what our subjective experience means may be true and others are almost certainly not. See, after that subjective experience we have to use tools to discern the difference between those beliefs that are probably true, and those beliefs that are probably not true. Its these tools that help us decide what to believe as “true.” And what are those tools? Logic mostly, which is usually dependent on evidence and reason. But anyway, my whole point is this is theory is very simple, its easy to understand and intuitive. It seems to me that if philosophers and thinkers would just recognize this basic fact about the scope, composition and nature of knowledge a lot of confusion and ill-conceived beliefs would be weeded out of the dialogue and civilization. What do you think? Is my premise right? Would it make a difference at all?

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  • This is a very good course on international relations using game theory and economic analysis to discover the rationality of war, the cost of a seat on the UN security council, and the incentives towards nuclear proliferation (or disarmament). It rests on the principal that there is no international police and nation states are in anarchy. The way countries negotiate could also be applied on a more local level.    

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  • http://www.cnbc.com/id/101727171 Nice that a Bitcoin company (one I have found to be very reliable) is recognized, but leave it to BubbleVision (CNBC) to make a reference to a central bank where there is no connection whatsoever.

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  • I’ve just experienced one of the most exciting little thrills I’ve had in a long while and I’m going to tell you how you can experience the same if you’re not yet a bitcoin user. The thrill is what I experienced in getting started.  I’ll explain what happened to me, then tell you how you can do the same. Yesterday I responded to John Jones here in Liberty.me who was offering to give one dollar’s worth of bitcoins to the first five people who responded to his offer.  I got his gift within a few minutes and learned that it was then worth $1.09 CAD.  That’s nice. A few minutes later I noted that, because of the changing exchange rate it was worth $1.11 CAD.  Hmmm, interesting. Then I opened an account with Coinbase and decided to purchase a few of my own.   When I completed the verification process I discovered that coin base had given me $5.00 US as a thank you for my purchase.  Wow! This morning, I looked at my wallet and here’s what I found: My original $1.00 US gift was worth $1.18 CAD The $5.00 US gift was worth $5.33 I can actually watch the fluctuations in the value of these amounts in virtual real time in my bitcoin wallet. If you’d like to do the same and get the same $5.00 gift that I did, Coinbase has given me this link which will also entitle you to a $5.00 gift when you open a new account and purchase $100 USD (or more) of bitcoins from them. Since Coinbase will also reward me when you get their premium, I’ll go one step further and share a part of that with you.  Send me a private message with your bitcoin address and your username at Coinbase and the date you were paid your gift so I can match you with my gift and I’ll transfer 150,000 Satoshies to you (I believe that’s the correct spelling for the primary smallest unit of bitcoin currently in use.  I will stick to this amount as long as the exchange rate for USD remains below 2,000. A final note.  Since I’m not automated in doing this and not watching my computer constantly 24/7, please allow a bit of time for me to complete my part.

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  • Coinbase is giving away $10 worth of BTC, thanks to the work of some MIT students. Go here Love it!

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