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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:... ...ing? A choice always involves a dilemma. It is the conflict between two equivalent states, two weighty decisions whose outcomes are equally desirab... ...tendency (conscious, unconscious, or biological-genetic). Opportunities are current states of the world, which allow for a decision to be made and t... ...part of the Matrix, making decisions and appearing to be making them are identical states. Only an outside observer - one who in possession of full... ...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... ... thought experiments is that the brain and its flesh-and- blood container were once united, before science or technology had them sundered. But what... ...nd Ecosystems", published by the World Resources Institute, the World Bank and the United Nations conclude: "Our knowledge of ecosystems has increa... ...locations all wrong: nine of ten serial killers worldwide are born and bred in the United States. Born Killers is an American phenomenon, not a Eur...

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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... ...cosmic) realm. The wave function (which describes the co-existing, superpositioned, states of the system) "collapses" following an act of measureme... ...e function which are macrocosmically stable and "objective" (known as the "pointer states")? Indeed, pointer States are reminiscent of the "strange... ...ther words, even the most rudimentary act of measurement is likely to probe pointer states. Superpositions are notoriously unstable. Even in the qu... ...overnments on macro-economic matters. Freelance journalist in various media in the United States. 1990 to 1995 President of the Israel chapter of ... ...nia and to the Ministry of Finance. 2001 to 2003 Senior Business Correspondent for United Press International (UPI). 2007 - Associate Editor, Gl... ...cs on Suite 101 and Bellaonline. Columnist and commentator in "The New Presence", United Press International (UPI), InternetContent, eBookWeb, Pop...

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