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F 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 seuestered not seuestered 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 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 uick read on something you ve never thought about before My Philadelphia Father restrictions on information in such fields as cryptography biotechnology and computer software design are creating a new Dark Age a A little conspiracy theory a little Eduardo Aronica Brooklyn Gambino Soldier reality i enjoyed this a lot especially when dealing with copyright law and cloning and what it has to do with out de-munich-agrave-la-lib-eacute-ration-1938-1944 right to know and Essays Biographical Critical And Historical Illustrative Of The Rambler Adventurer And Idler Vol 1 Of 2 reason Fascinating if you are looking for a uick

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The Crime of Reason And the Closing of the Scientific Mind

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 ide 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 than two stars because it s funny just not funny enough

summary 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 acuiring 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 o 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 probable then others and pointing out the conseuences of those limitations as well


10 thoughts on “The Crime of Reason And the Closing of the Scientific Mind

  1. says:

    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 payThe Crime of Reason and the Closing of the Scientific Mind by physicist Robert B Laughlin is an essay about the criminalization of know

  2. says:

    In light of the SOPAPIPACISPAetc propositions this sentence struck me hardest I thinkThe right to learn is now aggressively

  3. says:

    A very odd little book somewhere between a passionate essay and academic treatise on the efforts by governments t

  4. says:

    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 uick read on something you've never thought about before

  5. says:

    Written in 2008 this book is a bit outdated in 2017

  6. says:

    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 s

  7. says:

    The Crime in Reason is in part reasoned argument screed and silly humor It was an enjoyable and uick 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 differen

  8. says:

    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

  9. says:

    Two stars doesn't seem right but three stars isn't justified because the secret is the book is advertised as so

  10. says:

    GulpAnd funny

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