This Week in the News…

Posted: August 23, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received during the past week:

Sunday, August 18, The Sunday Telegraph

If life is just a game, who’s the programmer?

“Others have mused on whether reality is actually virtual. Dr. Robin Hanson, from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, in the Journal of Evolution and Technology, says that if your life is a computer simulation, you should do everything possible to avoid being deleted. First consider the possible purposes of the simulation. If it is for entertainment, then you should be jolly, extrovert, sexy, wild, bizarre, pathetic and heroic. If the simulation is for the creator to participate in, then ‘suck up to celebrities.'”

Tuesday, August 20, Associated Press Newswires

Few in Bush Cabinet on ‘Vacation’

Susan Tolchin, a George Mason University public policy professor, said she hopes that ‘in all of this poppycock about working vacations,’ officials are taking time to recharge their batteries. ‘I’m not impressed by people who say they work 20-hour days,’ she said. ‘I want my political leaders rested, sober, well-recreated.'”

Wednesday, August 21, Associated Press Newswires

Students Take 9/11-Related Courses

“Sept. 11 also has brought new relevance to less popular courses. Last fall, George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., canceled a course on computers and encryption, ‘Introduction to Information Security Technologies,’ for lack of interest. Now there’s not just one section–already full with 40 students–but a second has been added. And the graduate school of public policy added a course on ‘Islam and the Internet.'”

Thursday, August 22, Christian Science Monitor

A view into Moussaoui’s very restricted prison world

“But some experts point out that special restrictions are sometimes imposed precisely because of concerns about a prisoner’s mental health, and the restrictions are meant to protect the prisoner’s well-being. Each case ‘depends on the circumstances,’ says Michael O’Neill, a former assistant U.S. attorney, who notes that terror suspects like Moussaoui fall into a different category from other criminal defendants. ‘It’s not uncommon for the government to take steps,’ adds Mr. O’Neill, an associate law professor at George Mason University in Arlington, Va.”

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