The Science of Liberty Democracy, Reason, and the Laws of Nature

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What an excellent book! Very entertaining, and full of a very unique point of view. I enjoyed most of all, the descriptions of how the American Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are written in language that only a scientist would use. The author's point of view is very convincing. Mainly, that nations that are founded "as an experiment"--and do not have constitutions and laws that are cast in stone forever--are bound to be most successful in the long run. Conditions change over time, and no unchanging constitution or set of laws can possibly cope with these changes. A flexible set of laws and a constitution written in such a way that allow democratic changes--these help prevent tyranny. The analogies with science are very interesting; for example, the fact that science is a process, not an end result with definitive conclusions.


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