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- DescriptionWe all agree that the free flow of ideas is essential to creativity. And we like to believe that in our modern, techlogical world, information is more 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 w easy for a flash of insight, entirely incently, 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, t sequestered because it's technical. The increasing restrictions on information in such fields as cryptography, biotechlogy, and computer software design are creating a new Dark Age: a time characterized t by light and truth but by disinformation and igrance. Thus we find ourselves dealing more and more 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.
- Author BiographyRobert B. Laughlin is the Robert M. and Anne Bass Professor of Physics at Stanford University, where he has taught since 1985. In 1998 he shared the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on the fractional quantum Hall effect. The author of A Different Universe, he lives in Stanford, California.
- Author(s)Robert B. Laughlin
- PublisherThe Perseus Books Group
- Date of Publication13/01/2011
- SubjectPolitics: General & Reference
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintBasic Books
- Weight208 g
- Width133 mm
- Height203 mm
- Spine6 mm
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