Last month, we investigated the origins of Property: this month, we complement that by looking at Money. I don't have a particular starting point for us–not even a straw man theory–so bring yours to share. One thing I definitely can say about money is that it could only have arisen in organized society, perhaps requiring even a state. But how?
Once we figure out what money is and where the idea came from (or get tired of trying), we can probe how it functions in society, how (probably even more than we think) it serves to define our interactions with others, the state, even our own selves. When I go to SFDebate, the resolutions are frequently couched in terms of financial restitution–but what if the damages are not monetary? Like it or not, our sense of VALUE seems to rest on the example of tradable currency. It behooves us to understand "the ultimate abstraction" more profoundly.
Please bring a "focal point" to concentrate us on a shared idea for a few minutes at a time. If you have a question, write down a good wording; find a quote that you find provocative; maybe there's a story from a movie or your childhood that's relevant. I promise to ask for these at the top of the meeting.
Um, and don't forget to do your taxes...