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Bitcoin is a Living Organism 🍄

I believe Bitcoin’s best characteristics are simply reflections of successful evolutionary strategies found in nature.

Enjoy this exploration of Bitcoin as a Living Organism.

Brandon Quittem

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“Bitcoin is the first example of a new form of life. It lives and breathes on the internet. It lives because it can pay people to keep it alive. It lives because it performs a useful service that people will pay it to perform. It lives because anyone, anywhere, can run a copy of its code. It lives because all the running copies are constantly talking to each other. It lives because if any one copy is corrupted it is discarded, quickly and without any fuss or muss. It lives because it is radically transparent: anyone can see its code and see exactly what it does.” — Ralph Merkle

Attempting to answer the question “what is Bitcoin, ” I found exploring parallels to the natural world to be particularly illuminating.

From this vantage point, Bitcoin appears to be a living system constantly evolving based on environmental stimuli.

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Brandon Quittem

Brandon Quittem


Brandon is an entrepreneur, writer, speaker, and passionate Bitcoiner. His articles have been read by more than 2 million people online. Most well known for exploring the parallels between bitcoin and mycelium.

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