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The Crime of Reason: And the Closing of the Scientific Mind

The Crime of Reason And the Closing of the Scientific Mind We all agree that the free flow of ideas is essential to creativity And we like to believe that in our modern technological world information is freely available and flows faster than ever before Bu

  • Title: The Crime of Reason: And the Closing of the Scientific Mind
  • Author: Robert B. Laughlin
  • ISBN: 9780465005079
  • Page: 328
  • Format: Hardcover
  • We all agree that the free flow of ideas is essential to creativity And we like to believe that in our modern, technological world, information is freely available and flows faster than ever before But according to Nobel Laureate Robert Laughlin, acquiring information is becoming a danger or even a crime Increasingly, the really valuable information is private propWe all agree that the free flow of ideas is essential to creativity And we like to believe that in our modern, technological world, information is freely available and flows faster than ever before But according to Nobel Laureate Robert Laughlin, acquiring information is becoming a danger or even a crime Increasingly, the really valuable information is private property or a state secret, with the result that it is now easy for a flash of insight, entirely innocently, to infringe a patent or threaten national security The public pays little attention because this vital information is technical but, Laughlin argues, information is often labeled technical so it can be sequestered, not sequestered because it s technical The increasing restrictions on information in such fields as cryptography, biotechnology, and computer software design are creating a new Dark Age a time characterized not by light and truth but by disinformation and ignorance Thus we find ourselves dealing and with the Crime of Reason, the antisocial and sometimes outright illegal nature of certain intellectual activities.The Crime of Reason is a reader friendly jeremiad, On Bullshit for the Slashdot and Creative Commons crowd a short, fiercely argued essay on a problem of increasing concern to people at the frontiers of new ideas.

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    1. "UCLA geneticist James Grody had to stop research on congenital deafness linked to the Connexion 26 gene because the owner of its patent, Athena Diagnostics, demanded a fee he could not pay."The Crime of Reason and the Closing of the Scientific Mind by physicist Robert B. Laughlin is an essay about the criminalization of knowledge. Some forms of knowledge, such as how to build a nuclear bomb, are banned because they are deemed too dangerous. Other forms of knowledge are sequestered away due to p [...]

    2. In light of the SOPA/PIPA/CISPA/etc. propositions, this sentence struck me hardest, I think:"The right to learn is now aggressively opposed by intellectual property advocates, who want ideas elevated to the status of land, cars, and other physical assets so that their unauthorized acquisition can be prosecuted as theft." The recent DOJ case involving and other e-book peddlers and major publishing houses crops up in my mind, too, because there's a fine line between an idea and the execution of a [...]

    3. A very odd little book, somewhere between a passionate essay and academic treatise on the efforts by governments to prevent information freedom and access in a variety of areas. The book ranges from interesting to provocative, offering both concrete examples of ways information access has been denied and the problems it has caused, to proposing extensions of such limitations (all possible, some more probable then others) and pointing out the consequences of those limitations as well.

    4. A little conspiracy theory, a little reality. i enjoyed this a lot especially when dealing with copyright law and cloning and what it has to do with out right to "know" and "reason". Fascinating if you are looking for a quick read on something you've never thought about before.

    5. Poorly arguedLaughlin is rather inconsistent, so it's not even very clear what he's arguing for. He fails to make several crucial distinctions, so that the freedom to think about certain subjects (say, nuclear physics) is not clearly distinguished from the freedom to act on one's knowledge (such as the freedom to sell nuclear secrets to North Korea if you feel like it). The basic problem running throughout the book is a moral-practical dichotomy, so that he argues for a sort of platonic ideal of [...]

    6. Crime of Reason is an interesting, I want to say philosophical discussion, on the power of knowledge. Laughlin delves into the power of knowledge and how the world has changed in the past decades due to it. From governments envoking laws (trade secrets, copyright, patents, treason, etc.) to keep it at bay and from the general public, believing that it would be harmful in the greater scheme. I really enjoyed the read although it is a lot of information to take in and I did have to put it down aft [...]

    7. The Crime in Reason is in part reasoned argument, screed, and silly humor. It was an enjoyable and quick read, but given the seriousness and depth of the topics covered, I didn't feel like I walked away with much new insight or a different perspective. Maybe my views on intellectual property, gambling, nuclear hysteria, and the right to open learning were already inline with Laughlin, though he's thought, and certainly written, about them in more depth than me. On the other hand, I'm not as keen [...]

    8. Let me apologize for not providing a detailed and insightful review of this book, but this book simply does not warrant it. The author is clearly a distinguished scholar, but I after reading this book I had the feeling that this work was a halfhearted attempt to toss together a collection of recent ideas. It left me without any clear new insights, nor any compelling reason to recommend it to anyone else. I was left mainly with the feeling that Dr. Laughlin could have written a better book.

    9. Two stars doesn't seem right, but three stars isn't justified because the secret is the book is advertised as something very serious, but in the end it's a work of humor. As a result I have a hard time giving this more than two stars because it's funny, just not funny enough.

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