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DiogenesLamp

Posted on 08/31/2011 9:07:49 AM PDT by DiogenesLamp

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To: Ha Ha Thats Very Logical
I don't think it's really a thought experiment because there must be answers already (though maybe multiple conflicting answers). Babies have been born on planes and in airports. Find out what citizenship they ended up with. This article outlines some of the possibilities, but I note that it doesn't take into account the citizenship of the parents or the nationality of the carrier.

So the question of what citizenship a baby born on an airplane has, has a real-world answer, if you care to research it. If the answer is that a baby born on an airplane is (in some cases) an American citizen, then you're back to the argument over whether "born an American citizen" means the same thing as "natural born American citizen" or not. And we know the arguments on both sides of that, so I don't think your thought experiment gets us anywhere.

You are missing the point of the topic. The point is to not find "workarounds" to deal with that specific instance, it is to demonstrate how foolish it is to tie Citizenship/Allegiance to a specific defined space. The jus soli argument condenses down to hairsplitting at some point, and that is the point I want people to focus on. My effort is to generate discussion on the most basic aspect of border defined citizenship to demonstrate that the concept breaks down when looked at with scrutiny.

So let us say everyone finds an argument that deals with this specific example. Fine, I will just proffer another example that gets around their technicality solution. How about this?

In the future, we have matter transmission rooms where people can walk in and be instantly transmitted to another country. A foreign pregnant woman walks into one, and something goes wrong. The System starts transmitting her from one nation to another in a random sequence. The Baby is born inside the room during a time period when it's current location is unknown. What nationality is the baby? What is it's citizenship?

(I can't wait to hear how people explain that this room violates this or that law or rule or treaty or whatever. Anything but addressing the point! :) )

61 posted on 09/01/2011 7:23:56 AM PDT by DiogenesLamp (1790 Congress: No children of a foreign father may be a citizen.)
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To: drpix
To you, the real world distinctions between ground (soil) air (airspace) and outer-space are "technicalities."

To you, answers to your question with the concepts of law and national military airspace used in the real world are "irrelevant." So, you ignore the fact offered that foreign aircraft and their passengers flying through US airspace, w/o landing, are considered to have entered US controlled airspace for military purposes BUT are NOT considered to have entered the US for legal purposes.

Your preference for seeking answers in the rabbit hole "absurdity" of your "silly" and endless "mental experiments" rather than in facts and reality, together with your equating the nonsense you've posted on this thread with the genius of Einstein, makes a mere mortal like me wonder how in hell you're not a dellusional liberal.

My recollection is that I did not compare myself to Einstein. I said of the critics, that they would complain that no elevator has cables that long if Einstein mentioned his elevator Gedankenexperiment. That Einstein even comes into the topic at all is because he made the concept of a Gedankenexperiment famous. You assumed a comparison, and for that I am flattered.

Next point: I am not seeking "answers", I'm seeking to push those who argue jus soli citizenship to confront the dichotomies of the theory by the use of a thought experiment. The purpose of the topic is not to thwart the paradox with other legal technicalities, but to confront it head on and recognize it as a paradox.

Since you didn't like the orbiting mother argument, Let me use instead a multinational matter transmission system of the future. :) (as excerpted from my previous post.)

In the future, we have matter transmission rooms where people can walk in and be instantly transmitted to another country. A foreign pregnant woman walks into one, and something goes wrong. The System starts transmitting her from one nation to another in a random sequence. The Baby is born inside the room during a time period when it's current location is unknown. What nationality is the baby? What is it's citizenship?

Now if you don't like the scenario, you can just walk away. I've noticed that people who are confronted with an conundrum they don't like tend to do that. It won't hurt my feelings. In any case, both examples remind me of Schrödinger's cat. The answer isn't known until the box is opened. :)

Schrödinger devised his Gedankenexperiment to illustrate the absurdity of the Heisenberg uncertainty principle under which the cat was supposedly both dead and alive at the same time. So in the example of our matter transmitting mother, is the child both a "natural born" American citizen while at the same time a "natural born" citizen of some other nation? I suppose we can't tell until we figure out where the box was when he was born. :)

62 posted on 09/01/2011 7:40:11 AM PDT by DiogenesLamp (1790 Congress: No children of a foreign father may be a citizen.)
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To: DiogenesLamp
I will not join you in your "rabbit hole," but here's my LAST attempt to guide you out:

Unlike the laws of physics, national and international laws are creations of man, that exist only when and for as long as men agree to them. Man uses experiments to discover preexisting laws of physics. Einstein "thought experiments" were/are used to explore and discover laws of physics.

Posing a question on national & international laws using an orbiting spacecraft (or "matter transmission") does not make it material for "thought experiments" appropriate to physics nor make the poser an Einstein. Legal questions are answered by looking to (and not ignoring) how mortal men have created and implemented the relevant laws.

Rummaging for absurd (or fanciful) instances that you believe exist (or will exist) in a gray area not covered by the distinctions of the relevant laws does not abrogate the existing laws or their usefulness today. Unlike laws of physics, new and/or finer distinctions in the laws of man will be created by men, if and when fancy becomes reality - and not before.

Right now, in the real world - when easily understood laws on borders and migration/"immigration" meant to protect America's sovereignty are being flaunted, ignored and misrepresented by too many - there is no time to waste on pointless "thought experiments" or those so deluded to think they have a point.

63 posted on 09/01/2011 8:11:29 AM PDT by drpix
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To: DiogenesLamp
CORRECTION:

being flaunted,ingly ignored

64 posted on 09/01/2011 8:18:20 AM PDT by drpix
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To: drpix
Unlike the laws of physics, national and international laws are creations of man, that exist only when and for as long as men agree to them. Man uses experiments to discover preexisting laws of physics. Einstein "thought experiments" were/are used to explore and discover laws of physics.

They can be used to explore anything. They are a virtual world of the mind. They only require an ability to visualize.

Posing a question on national & international laws using an orbiting spacecraft (or "matter transmission") does not make it material for "thought experiments" appropriate to physics nor make the poser an Einstein. Legal questions are answered by looking to (and not ignoring) how mortal men have created and implemented the relevant laws.

Another non-solicited comparison to Einstein. Thank you. :) Legal answers are usually the result of a series of quasi-logical arguments which have been canonized into sainthood by the Robed priests of the Judicial system who pronounce them "precedent." (Precedent is nothing but a marriage of the fallacy of authority combined with the fallacy of tu quoque.) How they implemented the law of jus soli was a combination of post hoc ergo propter hoc mixed with a desire by the King for more servants. It is a left over from feudal rule, and is incompatible with the needs of a free society. That the evidence for this abounds is incontestable.

Rummaging for absurd (or fanciful) instances that you believe exist (or will exist) in a gray area not covered by the distinctions of the relevant laws does not abrogate the existing laws or their usefulness today. Unlike laws of physics, new and/or finer distinctions in the laws of man will be created by men, if and when fancy becomes reality - and not before.

And how useful are "Anchor babies"? Square that circle and I will start taking you seriously.

Right now, in the real world - when easily understood laws on borders and migration/"immigration" meant to protect America's sovereignty are being flaunted, ignored and misrepresented by too many - there is no time to waste on pointless "thought experiments" or those so deluded to think they have a point.

No doubt you have better things to do. Obviously you shouldn't be spending time on a discussion forum. What were you thinking? You may leave, but I am not done.

It has become apparent to me that the base principle of jus soli is the exact same argument that Liberals use for abortion. A Child doesn't exist... Then Ouala! It Does! A Citizen doesn't exist.... Then Ouala! It Does! The Liberal Argument is that a person doesn't exist till born. The jus soli argument is that a citizen doesn't exist till born.

The Pro-Life argument is that both citizenship and personhood is an inherent characteristic of the child from the moment of conception. If you are pro-abortion-choice, I can see why arbitrary definitions created for the sake of convenience might appeal to you, but natural law follows nature, not the artificial creations of man.

65 posted on 09/01/2011 8:53:10 AM PDT by DiogenesLamp (Adam Smith and Edmund Burke; Synergistic philosophies.)
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To: DiogenesLamp; drpix
In the future, we have matter transmission rooms where people can walk in and be instantly transmitted to another country. A foreign pregnant woman walks into one, and something goes wrong. The System starts transmitting her from one nation to another in a random sequence. The Baby is born inside the room during a time period when it's current location is unknown. What nationality is the baby? What is it's citizenship?

Oh wow, man. Let me have another hit before I try to answer that...

I'm sorry, I guess I thought you were trying to explore a real question here. What's the point of doing a thought experiment about something that's already got an answer, or for which the principles of an answer already exist? You might as well do a "thought experiment" about what would happen if you parked your car at an expired meter.

As drpix says, the only answer to a question like this is what people decide the answer is--there's no "right" or "wrong" answer out there in the universe to discover. You might not like the answer--you might think it's "wrong," yourself--but you don't need outer space or matter transmitters to explore it. Just take the established cases of how we determine the citizenship of someone born on a ship or a plane and say "I don't like that." But the answer you're likely to get is "So what?"

66 posted on 09/01/2011 10:53:33 AM PDT by Ha Ha Thats Very Logical
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To: Ha Ha Thats Very Logical
Oh wow, man. Let me have another hit before I try to answer that...

I'm sorry, I guess I thought you were trying to explore a real question here. What's the point of doing a thought experiment about something that's already got an answer, or for which the principles of an answer already exist? You might as well do a "thought experiment" about what would happen if you parked your car at an expired meter.

As drpix says, the only answer to a question like this is what people decide the answer is--there's no "right" or "wrong" answer out there in the universe to discover. You might not like the answer--you might think it's "wrong," yourself--but you don't need outer space or matter transmitters to explore it. Just take the established cases of how we determine the citizenship of someone born on a ship or a plane and say "I don't like that." But the answer you're likely to get is "So what?"

"Precedent" is your answer. That unholy union of the fallacy of authority and the fallacy of tu quoque. If you cannot argue a topic from first principles then you believe something without even knowing why.

67 posted on 09/01/2011 1:36:15 PM PDT by DiogenesLamp (Adam Smith and Edmund Burke; Synergistic philosophies.)
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To: Tex-Con-Man
If a tree falls in the forest...

Will WND generate webhits from it?

No, but it will be more profound than anything you have to say.

68 posted on 09/01/2011 1:50:40 PM PDT by DiogenesLamp (Adam Smith and Edmund Burke; Synergistic philosophies.)
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To: DiogenesLamp
If you cannot argue a topic from first principles then you believe something without even knowing why.

If you believe there are "first principles" determining citizenship, then go ahead and lay them out. Explain why someone born in Hawaii is an American citizen (relying on "first principles," remember, not on authority or convention). Or why someone born in Point Roberts, Washington is, but someone born 4 blocks away in Tsawwassen, British Columbia is not. I know why I believe these people are citizens.

69 posted on 09/01/2011 2:30:52 PM PDT by Ha Ha Thats Very Logical
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To: DiogenesLamp

First of all,why would a pregnant woman be in space? (I’m sure this is a hypothetical question but pregnant women would not be allowed to go up in a space shuttle). Is this meant to be serious? If so, something’s really off!


70 posted on 09/25/2011 8:28:07 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Fear can hold you prisoner.Hope can set you free.(Shawshank Redemption))
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN
First of all,why would a pregnant woman be in space?

Because she singlemindedly wanted to prove how stupid it was to base a citizenship law on where a child was born. . She was a political activist bent on making a point. Does it really matter WHY she was in space?

(I’m sure this is a hypothetical question but pregnant women would not be allowed to go up in a space shuttle).

You mean for the here and now. Perhaps in the future people will vacation on the moon. Bigelow is already working to build an orbiting space hotel.

http://www.spacetourismnow.com/bigelow-sundancer.htm

Is this meant to be serious? If so, something’s really off!

It is meant to be absurd. It is a thought experiment designed to demonstrate how foolish it is to regard birth place as the determining factor for citizenship.

The child could be alternatively Russian or American depending on when it is born! :) Of course others have pointed out that we have treaties limiting the border to some specific height about the surface, but that is just an attempt to dodge the salient point. All I have to do to counter is inform them that it's a really low orbit, and within the national boundaries, etc.

71 posted on 09/26/2011 10:59:27 AM PDT by DiogenesLamp
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To: Larry Lucido

LOL.The words “au jus” came to mind,too.


72 posted on 09/26/2011 1:08:44 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Fear can hold you prisoner.Hope can set you free.(Shawshank Redemption))
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