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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. 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

CHARACTERS 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. 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 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 seuestered away due to patent restrictionsNuclear bombs are certainly dangerous and distributing blueprints on how to build them should be banned However not just the blueprints are illegal You could get thrown in jail for simply discussing the physical principles behind a nuclear bomb This of course isn t a deterr

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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. Written in 2008 this book is a bit outdated in 2017


About the Author: Robert B. Laughlin

Robert Betts Laughlin born November 1 1950 is the Anne T and Robert M Bass Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Stanford University Along with Horst L Störmer of Columbia University and Daniel C Tsui of Princeton University he was awarded a share of the 1998 Nobel Prize in physics for their explanation of the fractional uantum Hall effectLaughlin was born in Visalia California



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 knowledge Some forms of knowledge such as how to build a nuclear bomb are banned because they are deemed too danger

  2. says:

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

  3. says:

    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 pointin

  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

  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 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

  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 without any clear new insight

  9. says:

    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 st

  10. says:

    GulpAnd funny

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