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February 19, 2014, 09:52:08 AM
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So my World Politics professor mentioned Bitcoins in the first lecture back in September, saying she belived they could completely transform the global economy and how countries and corporations transfer money internationally. I later spoke with her and she is asking me to send her all the best sites and information that give the best all-around understanding of Bitcoin.
She also asked me to essentially give a lecture to her (and my) class about Bitcoin and crypto-currencies.
I'm a 2nd Year Political Science student and would appreciate any help you can give me!

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February 19, 2014, 09:53:32 AM
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Good news. Remember this is new era! just beginning. Imagine a world without banks. Your money is truely yours. Borders are removed!
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February 19, 2014, 11:02:37 AM
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Watch out. This professor probably just wants you to do her work for her. Professors are already lazy and overpaid enough.

I've seen numerous professors who have students do all the research like this (finding web links, summarizing, etc.) and then they just compile it as a resource. Sadly, this passes for academic research in a lot of fields.

I dont think its the case in this situation; but moreso wanting the class to learn from someone actually involved in Bitcoin. Ofcourse; doing something like this is a great honor for me, and will do me no harm in my academics.

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February 19, 2014, 01:17:19 PM
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Hey! Watch out!!! She can be an NSA agent wanting to infiltrate!!!

OMG! The guy oppened The topic asking for, in our opinion, The best ressources that's describes Bitcoins. Doesn't matter if The professor is The KingKong trying to steal all bitcoins.

Just answer The question, stop creating another stories Please.

Answering here can help others. Dont think so small...
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February 19, 2014, 04:52:57 PM
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Please be careful, I personally would not do this
She definitely has a conflict of interest

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February 19, 2014, 07:01:38 PM
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watch andreas antonopoulos, if you can speak like him about bitcoin, you can win over your NSA double agent professor to our side (triple agent)
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February 19, 2014, 07:56:10 PM
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Hi elianite

Second year politics ... I would suggest you direct your search toward debasement of currencies,
as that seems to attract a lot of political attention. You probably know this already, but it is
worth repeating:

You could start by emptying your pockets and wallet - how much do you own?
Those bits of paper are merely promises that you do not own. Your coins have an
intrinsic value - US nickels are worth more as metal than the purchasing power of the coin.
Do you own your car? or merely pay off a loan? Similarly for your house?
And "your" money in the bank - is a promise that the bank will pay you after they have paid
people earlier in the queue.
But if you own bitcoin, they are undisputably yours. Those and your coins are all you own.

As for bitcoin transforming the world, it depends on the question you ask and when you ask it.
BTW - Have a look at the first couple of entries in the blockchain ;-)

Up-to-date views promoting bitcoin:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzALVsGecQc (search youtube for crowdfunding bitcoin rainmaking)

http://www.iamsatoshi.com/coinscrum-alternative-stage-london/

The site http://www.thegenesisblock.com/ is usually worth a look.

For some historical information on currency debasement, have a look at my thread in the economics section.

Hopefully, you now know what questions to avoid :-)
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February 19, 2014, 08:03:25 PM
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So my World Politics professor mentioned Bitcoins in the first lecture back in September, saying she belived they could completely transform the global economy and how countries and corporations transfer money internationally. I later spoke with her and she is asking me to send her all the best sites and information that give the best all-around understanding of Bitcoin.
She also asked me to essentially give a lecture to her (and my) class about Bitcoin and crypto-currencies.
I'm a 2nd Year Political Science student and would appreciate any help you can give me!

Don't put down anything, don't go on about the evil banks and the corrupt politicians and the failure of fiat.  It's is just how the system is and just accept that.

Just tell about how bitcoin works and how it will make things better.

That way you wont come off as an extremist wing-nut.

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February 19, 2014, 08:05:40 PM
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This actually sounds like good news to me.  I don't see her having any conflicts of interest except that possibly, she doesn't want to have to do work to prepare for a class lecture Grin

I would use this as an opportunity to get to know this professor.  In the US, it's very helpful to have good references, especially if going to further schooling.  This is the type of thing you can use, showing her how intelligent you are and hard working.  Most people don't know what it even is, so I'd spend a decent amount of time explaining what BTC is, about mining (where it comes from) and what you can use it for.

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February 19, 2014, 08:12:54 PM
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Read Satoshi's whitepaper: https://bitcoin.org/bitcoin.pdf

Read this: https://medium.com/what-i-learned-today/1a812f8fa7cd
And this: https://medium.com/what-i-learned-today/ab461d4ee1b7
And this: http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/quotes-from-satoshi-understanding-bitcoin-through-the-lens-of-its-enigmatic-creator

Watch this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Um63OQz3bjo

And this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_hz7TyQ_bs

And this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cs6F91dFYCs

And this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=as_3Pp_yGq4

And this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgFUAhz7h2U

When you professor finishes all of that, say to him/her, "Welcome to the future."

Remember Aaron Swartz, a 26 year old computer scientist who died defending the free flow of information.
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February 19, 2014, 08:25:52 PM
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I forgot to add: check out Scotland (independence) and the Lakota Sioux (Pine Ridge?)
for examples of nations that might move towards using cryptocurrencies as their official reserves.
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February 19, 2014, 08:42:05 PM
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Don't forget to talk about weaknesses and doomsday scenarios. Bitcoin has them both.
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February 20, 2014, 03:29:19 AM
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Please be careful, I personally would not do this
She definitely has a conflict of interest

Why do you feel this is a conflict of interest?  I'm just curious...
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February 20, 2014, 03:56:52 AM
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Please be careful, I personally would not do this
She definitely has a conflict of interest

Why do you feel this is a conflict of interest?  I'm just curious...

I find it concerning around a time stuff like this is happening https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=475191.msg5242497#msg5242497

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