14.0224 secret projects

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 224.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

       [1] From: Randall Pierce <rpierce@jsucc.jsu.edu> (6)
             Subject: Project

       [2] From: Randall Pierce <rpierce@jsucc.jsu.edu> (9)
             Subject: Humanism and Evil

             Date: Sat, 09 Sep 2000 10:39:46 +0100
             From: Randall Pierce <rpierce@jsucc.jsu.edu>
             Subject: Project

    This seems to be a "wave of the future", and it is strongly connected to
    corporate greed. Secrecy implies proprietorship, which equals
    exclusivness of use. Of course I am speaking profits. Freedom of
    information and a free flow of knowledge have not come off well when
    greed enters the picture. Those interested in knowledge per se are, I
    hope, equally adept at speaking out for freedom of information. Randall

             Date: Sat, 09 Sep 2000 10:40:13 +0100
             From: Randall Pierce <rpierce@jsucc.jsu.edu>
             Subject: Humanism and Evil

    I am intrigued by the use of information technology as an "apotrope"( a
    gesture to fend off evil". According to a the psychiatrist M. Scott
    Peck, evil is exemplified by a desire to control. Control of knowledge,
    I feel, is an evil. The publishers of Encarta are attempting to control
    access to certain linguistic developments. I am a believer in the
    capitalistic system up to the point it becomes predatory. Would you feel
    that attempts to control the way our language is changing is exactly
    that? I wonder if the desire to control knowledge has more to do with
    the control of evil as a pathological condition than with the profit
    motive? Randall

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