Monday, February 25, 2013

Denmark


Denmark is a fascinating country with a rich history, from vikings to little mermaids, this frosty European kingdom boasts a culture second to none! The primary religion in Denmark is Christianity, in fact, the state religion is the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark. Denmark's main exports are manufactured goods, such as machinery and refined chemicals. The main imports are also manufactured goods, mostly from Sweden and Germany. Not surprisingly, the danish are knows for their pastries, and none are more delightful then the Aebleskiver!

Denmark is fairly homogeneous, that is, between 87% and  97% of the population considers themselves ethnically Danish. Either way, its not a very diverse country, but is is quite traditional. Danish is naturally the official language, but over 80% of the population speaks English  and over half German!

No, that's not Vienna, that's Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark! With Castles and statues and culture to spare, it's a great tourist destination.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Extra Credit

Science Fiction contains a vast amount of technology, some of it helpful, some terrifying. In most cases, the population of those worlds revolves around technology. Luke was interested in the world outside his own, Neo gets his head pumped full of digitilized knowledge, and John Connor fights Skynet. This, however entertaining, does not seem to be the pattern technology takes. As technology becomes easier to interact with, less people need to know how it works, and people rarely set out to learn what they don't need to know. For this reason, "Brave New World" strikes us as one of the most chilling pieces of science fiction, as it so realistically captures human nature. Huxley, in his work, paints us a society wrought apathetic through excess fabricated stimulation. Their technological entertainment is a kind that matches and surpasses the entertainment reality provides. Movies entice all five senses, and the population is content to live their lives in a drug induced high (technology takes all the danger and risk out of drugs).The technology in this world is innocent of inherent malice  It is not conscience, it does not want to enslave humans, it does not care that it its smarter then us, and it follows the three laws, but rather it is a reflection of Bacchus, the god of human pleasure. As a creature of our own design, crafted to exploit our weakness in a pleasurable way, "resistance is futile." Its said that convenience will consume all world views, and as we carry the near entirety of available entertainment in our pockets, I fear there is more truth and danger in that, then say, Sky-net declaring war, or being lost in the Matrix. Then at least, we'd retain our human spirit, instead of preferring the sweet dreams of sleep state to the color and wonder and uncertainty that reality offers.

Computer Ethics

From a Christian perspective, a certain and specific standard of conduct applies to everything we do, however, even from a secular standpoint, ethics in regards to computer use is a necessary and valuable goal. A standard morality should be in effect for computer users, and that should look like a respect for people's property, along with the basic golden rule. Two Hundred years ago, mercantile economies could only exist if pirates didn't ruin trade, and successful trade led to honest work and thriving countries on both sides. Similarly, the internet will be a thriving medium only if people are willing to put their work on it with out fear of it being stolen, copied, or handled without their approval or knowledge.
Intellectual property law exists, but leaves much to be desired. Our current laws have black and white right and wrong, but unfortunately, they also have a great deal of grey areas too, and enforcement can be next to impossible. The internet and computer use in general could be a more valuable resource with the increase of both well written and enforceable law, and personal ethics.