Friday, June 24, 2005

Kinsey and the Ubiquity of Knowledge

Watching Kinsey was a little dumbfounding experience. The movie was suggesting that knowledge which is so ubiquitous today and which takes up major chunk of the web, was virtually unknown in 1940s !! Americans didnt know that there is more than one way to do it? That was something incredible. Indians knew it atleast theoretically, thanks to a classic treatise. Kinsey's work was so remarkable that it altered America's culture significantly along with taking the burden off their conscience. It was a pleasure to watch Liam Neeson in the role of Alfred Kinsey.

The movie made me appreciate Larry Lessig's ideas even better. What if we didnt share knowledge that would benefit all human race? Sharing shrinks time. 20 non-sharing years could be equivalent to just a couple of sharing years! Thats the capacity of knowledge sharing.

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