Owning the Intangible: Possession, Theft, and (Mis)Appropriation of Ideas

Followup to Class 6

Presented in no particular order.

Please try to show up a few minutes before 8 a.m. so that there's time to get coffee and start class.

Don't forget Scholars' Convocation today! Scholars' Convocation serves two main purposes in our Tutorial: It gives you some common knowledge that you can use in your analyses and discussion (within and outside of this Tutorial) and it gives you some exemplars for our discussions about how to present.

Please write a paragraph-long comment on convocation and post it to the Course Wiki at http://foswiki.cs.grinnell.edu/foswiki/bin/view/Courses/OwningTheIntangible/RaynardKington. Note that you can add your paragraph by clicking the "Edit" button on the page. (Things should be obvious. If not, come see me.)

There are three readings for Tuesday:

I would also like you to skim the article on Graham v. John Deere Company that can be found in the red book.

And, just if that wasn't enough, you should continue to think about the meaning of the ugly paragraph from p. 6 of Style. Your additional challenge, should you accept it, is to show the paragraph to someone else and get their reading of it.

Some of your Tutorial-mates are playing football on Saturday at home and tennis on Saturday in Wisconsin (Whitewater). If you can, go out and support them.

In case it wasn't obvious by now, I expect that when you read an argumentative paper, you should be able to answer the following questions:

In case it wasn't obvious by now, I expect that in discussion you will do your best to follow up the previous comment, even when you have discovered something wicked neat that you just have to share. (Yes, it's hard.)

In case it wasn't obvious by now, I talk too much in Tutorial and I'm working to reduce the amount I tlak.

Next Wednesday at 8:00 p.m., Kumail Nanjiani '01 presents his comedic stylings in Harris. Kumail was one of my students back in the day. (See, a liberal arts education permits you to explore a wide range of topics; a CS major can become a famous comedian.) There's an article about Kumail outside my office: He's been on Letterman and the Colbert Report and he has a spectacular show about how Grinnell helped him lose his faith. (I don't think he's doing that show, but you never know.) Anyway, you should go.

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