The basic idea of digital money is that digits can represent economic value. This value can be transferred by means of an accounting ledger. For example, ledger A might include: Alice = 0001, Bob = 0000 … Alice = 0000, Bob = 0001 Here, 1 unit of value has been transferred from Alice to Bob. […]
Bitcoin and the fallacy of money
A careless boy has broken the baker’s shop window. The baker is angry. Now he will need to spend his hard-earned money on replacing the window rather than buying himself a new pair of shoes. The glazier, however, is happy. We intuitively understand that this (presumed) accident in which value has been destroyed is an […]
Why Science Needs to Understand Language
In the study of human behaviour, there are many neurologists, geneticists, cognitive psychologists, psycholinguists and other researchers with an analytic approach. These professionals view our actions as determined by our component parts, such as cells and molecules. They believe that this internal mechanism can sometimes malfunction, so they often have a medical inclination.
Story of an Academic Article
Let me introduce our project by telling you about our first article. In 2017 the Finnish journal Psykoterapia-lehti published ‘Psykoosi: Sosiaalinen destruktionismi’, which deals with the personal yet abstract nature of mental illness. We were very excited; it was our first academic article. We had originally drafted it in English and were planning a more […]
Why We Call Parents ‘Parents’
Why do we call our parents ‘Mum’, ‘Dad’ and other similar words? Researchers tend to say that those words come from the sounds babies make, but this isn’t a very satisfactory answer. Probably all societies teach children to call their parents by names and nicknames that mean they are parents. This is very strange when you think about it. Whenever someone is special we give them a proper name. Parents are very special but we give them common names.