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The Silver Lining: Moral Deliberations in Modern Cinema

By: Sam Vaknin, Ph. D.

...kovich VII. Dreamcatcher – The Myth of Destructibility VIII. I, Robot – The Fourth Law of Robotics IX. Surrogates: The Interrupted Self X. Avatar:... ...from other statements, at least one of which is a statement of a general scientific law. This is the "Covering Law Model" and it implies a symmet... ... to women and children? Should not he have obeyed the captain's orders (=the marine law)? Should we succumb to laws that put our lives at risk (figh... ...tion- givers? Consider a mountain climber – should a robot refuse to hand him his equipment lest he falls off a cliff in an unsuccessful bid to re... ...ious hacking; they possess superhuman faculties, which makes them resistant to law enforcement efforts; and in appearance, they are not clones of t...

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Cyclopedia of Philosophy

By: Sam Vaknin

... In some countries, the obligation to save life is legally codified. But while the law of the land may create a LEGAL right and corresponding LEGAL... ...d, if so (b) in which circumstances – can be easily settled using modern contract law. Yes, a contract can be annulled and voided if signed under ... ... Why is there a debate regarding this question? "Thou shalt not kill" is a natural law, it appears in virtually every legal system. It is easily an... ...g an antitrust case, usually notifies another member country whenever an antitrust enforcement action may affect important interests of that countr... ...he legal and political obstacles which faced its extraterritorial prosecutions and enforcement. The agreements require one party to notify the othe... ...t. This fine (and blurred) distinction is too often lost on decision makers and law enforcement agencies. ERADICATING CORRUPTION An effective prog... ... that goes largely unnoticed: personal publishing. Today, anyone, using very basic equipment can publish and unleash his work upon tens of millions... ... cooking to hiking - can now be indulged at home with pro-am (professional-amateur) equipment. We may become self-sufficient as far as functions we ... ...and somewhat random) selection of previous explorations and research. He even uses equipment – to measure and perform other functions – that was in...

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Speculations and Physics

By: Sam Vaknin, Ph. D.

...mbrane Theories Return Negentropic Agents and the Increase of Entropy The Second Law of Thermodynamics predicts the gradual energetic decay of ph... ...ne is more important than any other (in-built) "consideration". Time and the Third Law of Thermodynamics are pitted against Life (as an integral an... ...as the outcome of cosmic acceleration would merely be the culmination of the Second Law of Thermodynamics. This is definitely true for our local su... ...e particles are too heavy (or too something) to be detected by us with our current equipment. The latter (particles too heavy) is possible only if ... ...n witnesses. What if we were to obtain multiple readings from machines and testing equipment that imply the occurrence of a miracle? The occasional... ...ed to ensure conformity leads to doctrinarian dogmatism and to the establishment of enforcement mechanisms. Dissidents are subjected to both social ...

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The Public Domain : Enclosing the Commons of the Mind

By: James Boyle

...ary university I have ever encountered and so the obligations flow beyond the law school. Professor Anthony Kelley, a brilliant composer, not only educ... ...enomics, and my wife Lauren Dame, as- sociate director of the Genome Ethics, Law and Policy Center, provided cru- cial support to my work with the sci... ...hur, and Hewlett Foundations have generously supported my work, as have Duke Law School’s research grants and Bost Fellowships. My work on synthetic b... ...replicated, because the music has all kinds of overtones from the historical equipment used and even the methods of recording. Fundamentally, though, ... ...t gets its breathing room, not from legal exceptions, but from technological enforcement difficulties. Finally, as more and more people can create and ... ...dows. Perhaps. Or perhaps it also takes the con- sistent threat of antitrust enforcement. In any event, whether or not we hit the optimal point in pro... ...fits of cheaper copying and transmission worldwide and with perfect copyright enforcement as well. (Though the methodology of some of the studies, whic...

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