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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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Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United States from George Washington to Bill Clinton

... Constitution, all will, of course, arrange themselves under the will of the law, and unite in com mon efforts for the common good. All, too, will be... ...ust be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to vio late would be oppression. Let us, then, fel... ...ment on earth. I believe it the only one where every man, at the call of the law, would fly to the standard of the law, and would meet invasions of th... ...n made in its power to enforce the execution of the laws prohibiting illegal equipments with equal rigor against both. By this equality between the pa... ...a slave? And might it not be well at the same time to provide by law for the enforcement of that clause in the Constitution which guarantees that “the... ...judice. All laws to secure these ends will receive my best efforts for their enforcement. A great debt has been contracted in securing to us and our p... ...gress I voted and spoke in favor of the present law, and I shall attempt its enforcement in the spirit in which it was enacted. The purpose in view wa...

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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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Crime Its Cause and Treatment

By: Clarence Darrow

...less could be nothing else. Still if man’s actions are governed by natural law, the sooner it is recognized and understood, the sooner will sane treat... ... can be such a line. Strictly speaking, a crime is an act forbidden by the law of the land, and one which is considered sufficiently serious to warran... ...s either good or bad; the pun- 6 ishment follows for the violation of the law and not neces- sarily for any moral transgression. No doubt most of the... ... the same pattern, yet no two are alike. Each has a distinct and different equipment from any of the others. The size of the body, real and potential;... ...edity and in part to environment. That the baby had nothing to do with its equipment will readily be admitted by everyone. The child is born with a br... ... its own efforts. Always bearing in mind that most criminals are men whose equipment and surroundings have made it difficult for them to make the adju... ... follow the precept, and the long list of penal laws that die from lack of enforcement instead of by repeal is too well known to warrant the belief th... ...ious attention to such a purely academic statement. No one believes in the enforcement of all laws or the duty to obey all laws, and no one, in fact, ... ...rac- ticed or at least advocated by the ones who procure the pas- sage and enforcement of the law. Numberless ways used by the strong to get money are...

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The History of the Thirty Years' War in Germany

By: Friedrich Schiller

...the long and active reigns of Charles V. and Philip the Second, remained a law for their successors; and the more the breach in the church widened, th... ...d in the treaty under their protest, could not of course have the force of law. If it had been opinions only that thus divided the minds of men, with ... ... on these points. Both alike have found it difficult to prove their right. Law can be applied only to conceivable cases, and perhaps spiri- tual found... ...ohemian Protestants to blame, if they armed themselves in time against the enforcement of such maxims? The insurrection in Bohemia, besides, was direc... ...op- pression. All the Austrian provinces were com- pelled to assist in the equipment. No class was exempt from taxation — no dignity or privilege from...

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