Bitcoin mining is a lot like reindeer mating πŸͺ™πŸ’–πŸ¦Œ

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Bitcoin and other blockchain technologies, like NFTs, work a lot like reindeer mating.

To learn more about this topic, start your googling with these keywords:
- Bitcoin: a digital currency known as a cryptocurrency, which uses a proof-of-work consensus to validate transactions and create new units of Bitcoin.
- Proof-of-work: a decentralized consensus mechanism that requires members of a network to expend effort solving an arbitrary mathematical puzzle to prevent malicious activity
- Blockchain: a record of transactions made in Bitcoin or another cryptocurrency maintained across several linked computers, which can also be used in non-cryptocurrency applications
- Mining: the process of validating transactions and creating new Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies
- Sexual selection: a form of natural selection driven by competition between members of a species of one sex for access to mating partners of another sex that favors certain characteristics

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Antonopoulos, Andreas M. "Mastering bitcoin." (2019)

Brennan, P. “Sexual Selection.” (2010) Nature Education Knowledge 3(10):79

Cambridge Bitcoin Electricity Consumption Index (CBECI), University of Cambridge,

de Vries, Alex. “Bitcoin Energy Consumption Index.” Digiconomist, 6 Nov. 2021,

Goss, Richard J. Deer antlers: regeneration, function and evolution. Academic Press, 2012.

Panko, Ben. “Go Big or Go Generic: How Sexual Selection Is like Advertising.” Smithsonian Magazine, Smithsonian Institution, 6 Dec. 2016,
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