Invented case, Business Law and Ethics

a) Sometime in the mid 21st century the Jones-Markus experiment attempted to create a capuchin monkey with human intelligence. The experiment, however, outdid its intentions by several degrees and created a new species far smarter than any human. As the monkeys matured, they turned out to be very prolific breeders, with very active minds, and a propensity to engage in scientific discussions. The experiment was such a sensation that many families around the world ended up adopting super-capuchins as personal problem solvers. After integrating well into every human society and solving almost every problem the planet was facing, the monkeys decided that they were better than humans at managing the world, and rebelled. The ensuing Three-Day's-War destroyed most of the historical records, decreased the human population to about ten thousand humans survivors. Having created a paradise, the monkeys began to slow down their scientific pursuits, and over generations began developing distinct cultures, customs, philosophies and politics of their own. Tensions broke out when the two largest North American tribes could not agree on the most righteous way to peel bananas. The West tribe insisted that it is sacrilege to peel from the stem down, while the East tribe claimed moral authority citing that it was the way of the First Born, the matriarch of their tribe. Similar disputes broke out in Europe over which species of apples were impure and sinful to eat, and in East Asia, where the Jonesians waged a war against Markusians over which god-prophet was the true bringer of life. Each side to every conflict was quick to point out the stupidity and inconsistencies in the beliefs of their enemies, and claimed moral superiority over others.

b)This is a good example of an invented case because:

This case sheds some light on how religious faith is developed and becomes widely accepted and reinforced by societies, and that it often does not follow any rational guidelines, as evidenced by the two tribes fighting over banana rituals.
It shows that faith is a set of beliefs of an individual or a group of people, or a nation, and how these beliefs may be different from those of anothergroup, yet at the same time do not have to be about anything factual, consequential, or particular, as presented in the war over which apples should not be eaten.
It also illustrates how faith is often rooted in tradition, oral history, or pre-history, where evidence and facts are unclear, as shown by the war over which of the two scientists played a greater role in the creation of the original super-monkeys.
The issue of uncertainty brings the concepts back to the idea that irrationality is unconcerned with reality, and faith deals with unanswerable questions
The case suggests that faith is a substitute for reasoning, and that leads to mass irrationality, or that when intellectual rigor is relaxed, beliefs replace rationality.
The monkeys started as a rational, scientific, problem solving race, but ended up in the same turmoil as their human predecessors. This suggests that whether faith is irrational is guided by what standards the faith is set on, and what is accepted as its foundation.
Fighting over inconsequential belief systems leads to no benefits, and has no social value, except to those politically motivated. The monkeys are mobilized by their faiths into war.

c)

FAITH

IRRATIONALITY

Reinforced by communities

Developed as a system

Set of beliefs

Rooted in tradition

Gives answers where evidence is unclear

Intellectually lazy

Does not need rational guidelines

Mobilizing masses to action

Intellectually lazy

Unconcerned with reality

Without foundation

Inconsequential conflict

Politically motivated

Moral self-righteousness

Posted Date: 2/21/2013 5:30:46 AM | Location : United States







Related Discussions:- Invented case, Assignment Help, Ask Question on Invented case, Get Answer, Expert's Help, Invented case Discussions

Write discussion on Invented case
Your posts are moderated
Related Questions
Define the term - bliss point A country's bliss point is the outcome of monetary growth rates that gives that country its highest possible level of welfare. The bliss point fo

Question 1: What are the duties of the holder of a Tourist Enterprise Licence, as provided by the Tourism Authority Act? Question 2: What are the relevant consideration

On which convention International humanitarian law is based International humanitarian law  is  not  wholly  based  on  the  Geneva  Convention and  Hague convention. These law

As a senior HR officer in Catastrophe Concepts HR department, you have been asked by George Chapel to prepare a management briefing regarding the situation. Your report should:

Jurisdiction - Court of Appeal However S.64 (1) of the Constitution gives that the Court of Appeal 'shall have such jurisdiction and the powers in relative to appeals from t

Deadlock in the management: The company existed only to "work a particular patent" and as it could not do so it should be wound up. But if there are two or more alternative

ALLOTMENT OF SHARES: An allotment, legally, is the company's acceptance of an offer to buy its shares. Thus we can say it is governed by the following rules of the common law

Write one term paper (20 to 25 typed pages of actual text). **The paper must be on a word, phrase, or clause within the U.S. Constitution. Ex. Establishment Clause, Free Exercise

Explain the elements of governmental authority The theme of these draft laws is mentioned in Article 1, which says that every internationally wrongful act of a State entails th

Contents of the Notice: The notice convening a meeting must be clear and explicit so that the person receiving it may be in a position to decide whether or not he ought in his