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A Brief Introduction to Metalaw (REVISED)

12 Nov 2010, 04:14 UTC
A Brief Introduction to Metalaw (REVISED)
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(Revised to include origin of the term Metalaw)by Adam Chase KorbitzAndrew Haley, Ernst Fasan and the Origins of MetalawMetalaw is a legal concept closely related to the scientific Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). First conceived by pioneering space lawyer Andrew G. Haley in 1956 -- four years before astronomer Frank Drakeconducted the first true SETI experiment, Project Ozma -- Metalaw was the term Haley coined to refer to fundamental legal precepts of theoretically universal application to all intelligences, human and extraterrestrial.In 1956, Haley published an article entitled “Space Law and Metalaw – A Synoptic View,” in which Haley first proposed his “Interstellar Golden Rule”: Do unto others as they would have you do unto them. Haley rejected the traditional formulation of the Golden Rule as articulated by philosophers through the ages (from Confucius to Aristotle to Rabbi Hillel and Jesus to Abdullah Ansari) because, Haley said, in Metalaw “we deal with all frames of existence – with sapient beings different in kind. We must do unto others in different frames of reference . . . To treat others as we would desire to be treated might well mean their destruction. We must treat them as they desire to be treated.” ...

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