Money, Money, Money
The Great Simplification #29 with Josh Farley
Old friends are the best friends. And smart, professorial friends lead to frequent deep conversations relevant to our future. I've known Professor Joshua Farley for almost 20 years now - he was the Chair of my PhD committee at the Gund Institute. What I really love about people like Josh is we can have an in-depth conversation about a single topic - out of the dozens central to the human predicament - for hours.
Previously on the The Great Simplification, Josh and I discussed the evolution of cooperation and how energy surplus accelerated coordination among humans at a cost of higher competition/less cooperation - and what this portends for the future. Today we are going to delve into a different - and equally relevant topic - Money! What is it? What does it accomplish? Where does it come from? How is it disconnected from our biophysical reality? What are some pathways towards monetary triage and ideas for a long term, more sustainable human monetary system?
To do this topic justice would require a 10 hour conversation - here we just provided a very good introduction. I expect in the coming decade a very large number of people are going to better understand what money is and what it isn't.
I hope you enjoy this conversation with my friend and colleague Josh Farley.
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