This will be a close reading of the Bitcoin whitepaper, written and published by Satoshi Nakamoto in October of 2008.
We'll secure a basic grasp of the technical aspects—especially the Double Spending Problem and the Byzantine Generals Problem—but mostly with an eye toward the philosophical and political implications of the Bitcoin system. One theoretical foil for the seminar will be Nick Land's short book Crypto-Current, though it's not required reading for this session.
Participants should read the whole paper before meeting: https://bitcoin.org/bitcoin.pdf
I'll lecture for 30-45 minutes and the rest will be discussion