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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 involvingand 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 executio 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 involvingand 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 an idea One should be free The other can generate a profit, without which, one loses the incentive for anyone to execute ideas That line, however, is very very thin sometimes, especially in the sciences, and that s largely what this book is about Written in 2008, this book is a bit outdated in 2017. 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, someprobable then others and pointing out the consequences of those limitations as well. 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. 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 indepth than me On the other hand, I m not as keen 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 indepth than me On the other hand, I m not as keen to live on the moon 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 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 intellectual freedom, while regularly being forced to recognize that it is not at all practical or even desirable in many cases And his basic premise that information should be equally available to everyone isn t just false, it s impossible return return Surprisingly, the best chapter is probably the one on patent law, which he concludes This unhappy state of affairs has now led to loud cries for tort reform, both from concerned individuals and from businesses being bled dry by legal costs Yet while legislatures may enact reforms soon, most people think they are unlikely to do what it takes to restore respect for technical law ban patents for methods of reasoning, methods of communicating, discovery of things widely viewed as self evident, and discovery of phenomena that occur on their own when humans are not present That sor less accurate, though it could stand to beclear it depends, for instance, on what exactly he means by methods of communicating , but this is about as clear and accurate as he gets 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. &E-PUB ☜ 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 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 Summary & Study Guide - 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