Everything happens for a reason?
In the comments threads of some of my earlier post, various argument have been forwarded for why Intellectual Property should be treated as a special case under legal and moral theories of private property and public good.
One especially enthusiastic commenter offered the extreme and ongoing value of this or that bit of Intellectual Property as being the result of a “lottery”, and if I read his tone correctly, by using the word “lottery” he seems to be implying that whatever benefit one might reap from the creating of said Intellectual Property is unearned.
But recent physics theories suggest that information is a (the?) fundemental building block of our universe, and that physical objects — gold, oil, land, wheat — are a special case of information, rather than information being a special case of property.
To repeat, I no longer have much of a stake in Intellectual Property rights debates. The world has changed benegth my feet, and I am simply doing my best to adjust, and to anticipate what changes might be coming next.
But what is interesting to me is that in forwarding his arguments, my interlocutor has deployed the concept of random chance. I can’t help but be reminded of the sometimes soothing mantra Everything happens for a reason.
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. My wife, daughters, and I will be spending it in Flatbush with her extended family. My wish is that all of you find yourself surrounded in an abundance of food and love both!