We hear the terms “image” and “likeness” bandied about all the time when it comes to control of images and videos. We’ve even heard of being “created in the image and likeness” of a creator God. At one time or another, most humans wonder from whence we came and speculate on the nature of the universe and life as we know it. On this episode of The Axiom Amnesia Theory, which happens to fall on Christmas Day, Heit & Cheri take on a discussion on subjects from the nature of our existence to popular photo memes.

Topics discussed include owning names/likenesses and trademarks, the dentist who fired his assistant for being “irresistible,” physicists testing to see if universe is a computer simulation, speculation about the nature of life and the universe as we know it, media coverage of Christmas, lying to children about Santa Claus, enjoyable things about the Holiday season, ‘Gangnam Style’ exceeding 1 billion views on YouTube, photo memes on Facebook, viral videos, Axiom Amnesia’s solution to people who don’t like to read, Chicago bank robbers escaping a high rise jail–down 20 flights, the start of Kwanzaa, Twelfth Night and Mardi Gras, and more!

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Segment 1

  • Discussion about the idea of ownership of “your image and likeness.”
  • Discussion about owning your name and needing permission to use a particular name.
  • Discussion about corporations and trademarking names. When people say they own their likeness, they are saying that they are no different than corporations that do the same.
  • The family of Trayvon Martin trademarked his name and other phrases to keep other people from misusing his name.
  • Discussion about the dentist (James Knight) who fired his assistant who worked for him for ten years because he had an “irresistible attraction” to her.

    IOWA CITY (AP) – The Iowa Supreme Court said a dentist did not commit sex discrimination when he fired an attractive female assistant he viewed as a threat to his marriage.
    The court ruled Friday that a boss can fire an employee he considers an “irresistible attraction,” even if the employee has done nothing wrong. The decision is the first in Iowa, but in line with rulings elsewhere.

    Justices rejected a discrimination lawsuit filed by Melissa Nelson, who was fired by Fort Dodge dentist James Knight in 2010.
    Nelson had worked in Knight’s office for 10 years. She and Knight eventually started texting outside work about personal matters. Knight’s wife, who also worked at the office, found out and demanded Nelson’s firing.

    Knight’s lawyer said the court’s decision is “in favor of family values.”

    Source: WPTV

  • Discussion that the decision of the court–that Knight could fire the woman–was in favor of family values.
  • Discussion about the wife insisting the woman be fired. Why didn’t she address her husband, rather than penalizing the woman.
  • The conflict was created at the point when the dentist decided to text the assistant outside of work. How was she supposed to respond to her boss engaging her?
  • Discussion about the nature of the texting relationship. Maybe it wasn’t sexual in nature. The wife obviously wanted to get rid of the woman, but the relationship wasn’t necessarily sexual.
  • Discussion about the wife’s reaction. She wanted to keep her husband from the woman. Her solution was to remove the woman from the workplace.
  • Discussion about physicists testing to see if universe is a computer simulation.

    In 2003, University of Oxford philosophy professor Nick Bostrom published a paper, “The Simulation Argument,” which argued that, “we are almost certainly living in a computer simulation.” Now, a team at Cornell University says it has come up with a viable method for testing whether we’re all just a series of numbers in some ancient civilization’s computer game.
    Source: Reuters

  • Discussion and speculation about the nature of life as we know it.
  • What if all of the people are really in a coma in some other world? What would be the nature of existence in such a scenario.
  • Discussion about the philosophical idea of the universe resting on a turtle… And what’s the turtle on? A giraffe. And what’s the giraffe on? Etc, Etc, Etc.
  • Discussion about hacking the computer generated model. The scientists want to figure out a way to communicate with those who are running the simulation that is our world.
  • Perhaps they could just play music to communicate with them, just like in the movie “Close Encounters Of The Third Kind.”
  • Discussion about the movie “Penitent Man.”
  • Discussion about the media coverage of Christmas.
  • Discussion about lying to children about Santa Claus. Mention of the anchor who received criticism last year for admitting that Santa is not real on the news.
  • Discussion about the cool things about the Holiday season. Cheri likes all of the houses decorated with lights and the contests. Heit likes the food.
  • Discussion about ‘Gangnam Style’ exceeding 1 billion views on YouTube. In a little over five months, a unknown man amassed over a billion views. This is the most viewed video on YouTube.
  • Will other videos be this popular in the future? YouTube is continuing to engage new users every day, so there will be more views and viral videos in the future.
  • Discussion about the photo memes, and when that will be over. At this point, we see that just about anybody can and does create the memes. Many of them are inaccurate or just downright stupid.
  • Discussion about viral videos. Most of the videos with top views on YouTube are music.
  • Discussion about how everyone is trying to create new memes.
  • Discussion about how people’s private pics are used as memes, and they become famous for it.
  • Discussion about popular photo memes:

  • Eventually the photo memes will go the way of the dinosaur. People will eventually begin to ignore all of them.
  • Discussion about how animated GIF files could change photo memes.
  • Discussion about people reading a lot less. It’s hard to get people to read more than a couple of paragraphs.
  • Discscussion about Axiom Amnesia’s solution to the non-readers:
    Hip Hop Authority Rolling Stone
  • Discussion about the two bank robbers who escaped from a high rise jail, climbing down 20 stories, then escaping in a cab. Once of them was apprehended while still in the city a couple of days after the escape. Why was he still there in town?
  • He could have walked and gotten out of town.
  • Discussion about ways the escapees could have gotten out of town. Perhaps take public transportation during high peak times, or get a ride from someone.
  • Discussion about when Kwanzaa starts.
  • Discussion about Twelfth Night and Mardi Gras.