Unanswered 25: Money

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Oxygen is in plentiful supply. There is enough to go around for everyone, and doesn’t seem to have a problem supporting even more, despite the distant threat it could all be taken away. Some people like to take up more oxygen than they really need, and one can find themselves wondering whether the hoarders are really contributing enough to make that stockpiling worthwhile. And while you’re welcome to decide for yourself whether Unanswered qualifies, why not consider comparing the analogy to money.

In our twenty-fifth show we expand our horizons beyond amateur philosophy by also trying our hands at amateur history and amateur economics, to really drive home how little we know about the stuff we try to talk about.

Gasp you will as we wonder how the idea of money started, who drew the notes, and how that person got paid. We also invent unprofitable businesses, discuss what we did with our pocket money, as well as consider the value of things when we have to work to afford them.

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2 thoughts on “Unanswered 25: Money

  1. Hello! I thought I’d try and leave my comments here for you – I very much enjoyed the episode although I think you both very much overestimated the earning potential of an early bank note artist.

    My job involves a fair amount of close contact with the abstract “numbers in a computer” version of money. In fact I think I’m more comfortable with that than I am with cash and notes. They always seem rather clunky and wasteful – what’s worse than a pocket full of loose change? A lot really but that doesn’t mean I have to like loose change.

    The sooner the copper coins are scrapped the better says this correspondant.

  2. Hi Peter, thanks for listening and for making the trip to the comments!

    This correspondent says prices ending in .99 of a thing can get stuffed.

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