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Most pure mathematics research is simply glorified addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and composition.

Let's look at cryptocurrency consensus and distribution mechanisms.

Proof-of-work-Let's give the money to the jerk who wastes the most resources.

Proof-of-stake-Let's give the money willy nilly because distributing a new coin fairly is not important.

ICO-Let's scam people.

Useful proof-of-work-Let's give the money to the person who solves a useful problem. This will create a valuable cryptocurrency. But we cannot have this because we deny science.

USEFUL POW PROBLEMS ARE THE ONLY WAY TO FAIRLY DISTRIBUTE A CRYPTOCURRENCY. CRYPTOCURRENCY MINING HAS SO FAR BEEN A DESTRUCTIVE WASTE.

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