Why Bitcoin Should Fork Like a Hunter-Gatherer Tribe (Op-Ed)

There was a time in human history without war. Really. It also just so happened to be the most decentralized period of human history.

This is no coincidence.

The pre-agricultural period known as the paleolithic — or “hunter-gatherer” era – has been inspiring modern humans to improve their lives as of late. People who adopt paleolithic diets suddenly find themselves looking fit. Those who adopt “primal” postures notice a decrease in back pain. Even paleo-inspired romantic lifestyles known as “polyamory” are changing many lives for the better.

But does the hunter-gatherer lifestyle have anything to teach us about digital currency? If we’re talking about the Bitcoin block size debate, the answer is a resounding “yes.”

Time to Decentralize

Paleolithic and even modern hunter-gatherer tribes did not expand indefinitely. In fact, the scientific Dunbar’s number explains that our brains can’t keep track of more than 150 relationships at a time because our ancestors would split — or “fork” — if tribes ever got that big.

Dunbar's Number

Let’s examine the following three conditions that indicate that Bitcoin has reached its forking time:

1. Battles Among Would-Be Chieftans — Where leaders emerge in

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