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I agree with you that the DHM and our last class discussion make "putting everything out there" seem like the best/only way to advance/evolve group thought. That idea brings up a lot of tangled connected ideas in my head that I haven't sorted out yet-- what is the ultimate goal of all this pursuit of the development of ideas? and does the need to pursue this goal mean that we should abandon all sense of ownership over our ideas, etc. in order that they contribute most usefully to the advancement of common knowledge? In class, we all seemed to agree that the offense in crimes like plagiarism was largely based in the sense of loss of property felt by the creator of a stolen work. If we aim to create a common pool of entirely free knowledge, would the only offense be the plagiarist's failure to contribute anything new to the discussion?


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