The debate between judge and jury is one that has been active for many decades, it wouldn’t be a stretch of the imagination to say that it is as old as law itself. In order to address this question this essay will look, at least passingly, at the different systems of law, it will then consider and counter the argument for the precedence of a jury, and propose its own argument for the precedence of a judge. This essay aims to demonstrate that precedence of the judge is the best judicial system, at least in the South African context. This essay is written from, and considers the matters within, a South African context. Its recommendations are based on this context, and may not be the best option in other contexts.
Wikipedia is a wondrous source of information for the casual reader. Dedicated contributors scour the internet and various other media in search of information and data, and bring them together in pages that neatly organise all that gobble-dy-gook into easily accessible, easily understandable articles for us to read an enlighten ourselves with. But is Wikipedia a reliable source of information, and more importantly a source that can be referenced/cited in academic articles?
Let’s delve into this question.
Over the past decade or so, especially in the past four to five years, there has emerged a worrying trend in western media, mostly American, British and continental European media, to use ‘buzz-words’ and insinuative terms in their reporting. This trend seems to be in response to the emerging use of words such as ‘homophobia’ and ‘islamophobia’ as well as various other ‘phobias’ in especially third wave feminist groups and movements.
All over the western world we have largely secular governments. In the middle east we have theocratic governments, and in China and several other far eastern nations we have anti-theistic governments. But all over the world we have various arguments on whether we should have secular or theocratic governments. I will be tackling this matter head on, stating my standpoint, explaining my thoughts on the matter and giving reasons for why I say what I say.
Here in Potchefstroom it is now officially research time. Yes, the exams are but 17 days away and it is the time that most students are hitting the textbooks, catching up on their reading and studying their butts off for the coming papers (I hope). I thought this would be a brilliant time to waste a few minutes typing, and to explain to the one or two people who might read this in the future, how exactly it is that I study.
I have often come across several question that have intrigued me.
- Should machine intelligence be recognised as sentient?
- Is it even possible for a machine to be sentient?
- Could it be possible for a sentient machine to possess a soul?
These are very intricate, delicate and obscure philosophical questions that one cannot hope to even begin to explain in a single post. These are questions that the top minds in the fields of Machine Sentience, Machine Cognition and Artificial Intelligence have spent decades researching, investigating and debating. I can hardly presume to possess more knowledge then they do, nor do I. Following is simply my thoughts on the matter. Take them whichever way you wish, comment and reply and let us begin a civil dialogue.
New technology has always been considered a novelty upon their inception: computers, the car, the printing press. It has always taken people time to realise the new ideas’ or gadgets’ true potential.
It is a dark day and a black night when something as noble as the South African Model United Nations is interrupted.
After over fourteen years of unbroken devotion and unstopped improvement, the UN Model Debate was cancelled this year.
I have been elected to our school’s Student Representative Council (SRC) today. It has gotten me thinking about what leadership is and what it means to be a leader. And after long periods of consideration, I have formulated this argument or statement.
Yes, this is a migrated blog. I used to have a blog with Blogger, but I’ve decided, after much research and deliberation to migrate that blog to WordPress. My main reason? Wordpress is just a much easier platform to use, it is far more user friendly, and generally just works better than Blogger. Not to say that blogger is bad, just that WordPress, at least in my opinion, is better.