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J: General legislative and executive papers

Not All it’s Cracked Up to Be – The African Union’s “ICC Withdrawal Strategy”

Leaders gather for an photo opportunity at the recent African Union Summit (Photo: Mulugeta Ayene / AP) What follows is an attempt to clarify what actually happened last week when states at the latest African Union (AU) summit adopted a “ICC Withdrawal Strategy”. Liberia entered a reservation to the paragraph that adopts the strategy, and Malawi, Tanzania, Tunisia, and Zambia requested more time to study it.” That’s a lot of reservations. Further, the resolution’s operative paragraph declares that the Assembly of the AU “ADOPTS the ICC Withdrawal Strategy along with its Annexes and CALLS on member states to consider implementing its recommendations”. That’s because the Strategy reads like a largely reasonable list of possible reforms to the Rome Statute and the Court. Advocates of the Court shouldn’t play into that game and, instead, ought to focus on encouraging African ICC member-states to advocate more accurate, and less inflammatory, titles for their documents and resolutions. Finally, it is worth stressing that, irrespective of their interest in the ICC, some African states have expressed concern over the AU’s attempts to influence their membership in the Court. What AU did was to set up a committee to elaborate a strategy for collective withdrawal. They respect the sovereign right of states to sign up to whatever treaties they want to and their sovereign right to withdraw from them. In the end, then, the AU adopted a resolution with eight reservations that…

V: Naval science

@USNPeople Weekly Wire Rundown: Jan. 30, 2017

The Weekly Wire Rundown is a weekly video blog from the Office of the Chief of Naval Personnel, highlighting the top stories affecting Sailors and their families. The video compliments the print edition of the @USNPeople Weekly Wire, which you can subscribe to by e-mailing It can also be downloaded at We welcome …

B: Philosophy

Could the brain be a radio for receiving consciousness?

Here’s an answer I wrote a while ago to the following question: Taken in the right spirit, it can be a good way to learn about what science is, and also what the limitations of science are. In the future we might try an experiment like this: we build an artificial brain. After all, if consciousness is somehow floating in the ether, how could we be sure that our artificial brain wasn’t just tuned to the ‘consciousness frequency’, like a gooey pink radio? If our artificial brain showed no signs of consciousness, the antenna crowd could claim victory, and say “See!, you need cosmic consciousness in order to get biological consciousness! But constructing a consciousness-shield is straight out of science fiction, and just sounds absurd. In any case, there’s actually a much bigger problem facing any scientific approach to consciousness. So the word “inter-subjective” is a pretty good synonym for “objective”. So the sun is a pretty objective feature of reality. But consciousness is not objective in the same way that the sun is. Their approach is to take some observable phenomenon — either behavior or some neural signal — and define it as the hallmark of consciousness. The proponents of IIT have gone so far as to claim that they are okay with panpsychism: the idea that everything from quarks to quasars is at least a little bit conscious. If everything is conscious, then the question of whether the brain “produces” consciousness — or the universe “transmits” it — becomes…

A: General

ACI Blog Index: Charging Money for Information About Free Content?

Last week, Jeff McClurken posted a query to Facebook: “Why does ACI get to charge people for access to my freely available blog posts?” That post led to a lengthy conversation about ACI’s Scholarly Blog Index. (Readers can view the full conversation, which also included Lee Skallerup Bessette, Sheila Brennan, and Michelle Moravec, here.) I also tried doing a password reset, and, like Michelle Moravec, discovered I already had an account — for which I’d never registered. Yet, ACI sees fit to (1) create a user account for me without my knowledge; (2) index my work; (3) charge users for direct links to my work — work that a quick Google search would turn up fairly readily. But these practices seem not quite right to me. Do you have any experience with the ACI Scholarly Blog Index?

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