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Apr 28 2013

Superheroes and the Law

Okay, all you geeks, here’s a little something a damned good friend at work turned me on to:

Law and the Multiverse. Read it. Love it. Image filched from their blog for promotional purposes.

Law and the Multiverse. Read it. Love it. Image filched from their blog for promotional purposes.

Seriously. Law and comic book worlds. Law as it pertains to superheroes, supervillains  and other comic denizens. This is awesome. I’m a huge advocate of using stories and story worlds to teach other things. I learned a lot of my science and developed a burning passion for it partly through people who wrote books discussing the science of Star Trek. I learned to appreciate philosophy by reading essays by philosophers exploring the philosophy of Middle Earth and Batman. So why not learn a little law by reading what lawyers have to say about how laws would work in comic book universes?

Click the banner if you’re with me on that.

This is bloody brilliant, and I hope they turn it in to a book.

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    cholten99

    > This is bloody brilliant, and I hope they turn it in to a book.

    Erm, like the one… One the page… You linked to…? :-)

    http://lawandthemultiverse.com/the-book/

    Looks like good stuff.

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    Alverant

    The Hero system RPG had several books about superheroes and the law. What’s good about it is that the author does have a law degree. Several issues are addressed like the “right” to a secret identity (both when someone is arrested and when testifying as a witness), the nature of cruel and unusual punishment (specifically some types of incarnation for powerful supervillains), and the use of superpowers.

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    rq

    Very nice, and that latest article is very relevant to a few thoughts I’ve been having about gene patenting (any of which, to my mind, is just wrong). Thanks for the legal perspective!

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    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    I learned to appreciate philosophy by reading essays by philosophers exploring the philosophy of Middle Earth and Batman.

    ER, wait asec, Batman was in Middle Earth? Was That a swap where Frodo or Gandalf was displaced to Gotham City somehow?

    (I’d read /watch *that* cross over for sure!)

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    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Eurgh. The typos there. Sorry.

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