Bitcoiners “Orange Pill” Famed Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson – a famous American astrophysicist and planetary scientist – recently met with three influential Bitcoiners about the cryptocurrency.

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They include The Bitcoin Standard author Saifedean Ammous, Kraken Growth Manager Dan Held, and Human Rights Foundation CSO Alex Gladstein.

  • In a tweet early on Saturday, Ammous posted a picture of the three men standing behind the astrophysicist.
  • So glad [Dan Held], [Alex Gladstein] and I may have just orange-pilled [Neil deGrasse Tyson],” he said.
  • “Orange pilling” is a spin-off from the concept of the “red pill” in The Matrix that’s used by Bitcoiners. Whereas the red pill allows one to see true reality, the metaphorical “orange pill” makes people understand Bitcoin’s importance.
  • According to Gladstein, the scientist asked “extremely sharp” questions about Bitcoin with an “open mind” and “genuine curiosity.”
  • Tyson is famous for popularizing space science, and for his numerous media appearances discussing astrophysics. He hosted the popular television documentary series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey in 2014.
  • Tyson also has a strong interest in climate science, and preventing climate change caused by greenhouse gas emissions. According to Gladstein, Bitcoin’s mining and energy entered their discussion.
  • Other topics included Bitcoin’s 21 million supply cap, the difficulty algorithm, attacks on Bitcoin, and comparisons to other currencies.
  • “Within a matter of minutes he went from knowing nothing about Bitcoin monetary policy to understanding the basic mechanics of the difficulty algorithm,” Gladstein continued.
  • Another highly popular academic to take an interest in Bitcoin is former UofT professor Jordan Peterson. During a 2 hour sit-down with Ammous last year, he showed shock and awe about the potential of Bitcoin mining.
  • Peterson will feature as a speaker at The Bitcoin Conference in Miami this month.
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