Joined: 18 May 2005 Posts: 147 Location: Brighton, Uk
[UPDATE] June 28th - Sentinel - New Article
By JEREMY CLARIDGE
A specially-convened Academy ethics review board has ruled to reject the late Ruth Coralhouse's PCL45 million joint bequest to the Academy and Centre for Reality Research. Academy representative Valerian Reynolds said that accepting the gift would "create the perception of impropriety" and perhaps unduly influence the future direction of Academy research.
The grant had come under scrutiny because of the specific conditions laid out in Coralhouse's will. She had required that the money be used to develop a method for transporting physical objects between Perplex City and Earth, and that her ashes be subsequently transported to Earth.
J. Randal Flynn, executor of the estate and Coralhouse's grandson, expressed profound disappointment in the board's decision. "It's ridiculous for the Academy to reject money to aid it in the pursuit of an avenue of research we all know they surely must be travelling now, even if the Academy will not formally admit it," he said. "My grandmother's final wishes are being summarily rejected on some absurd, meaningless technicality."
Reynolds did state, however, that the board had not refused all of Coralhouse's requests. "Should the technology to transport material to Earth be developed, the board plans to review [Coralhouse's additional] request to have her ashes sent over." Before the move could be considered, though, the board insisted that it must be demonstrated that such a thing would be safe for inhabitants in both worlds.
The board did agree with Coralhouse's request to have an urn containing her ashes be placed in a small Greek-style temple on the Great Lawn of Academy grounds, with her estate of course bearing the cost of design and construction.
Flynn said this concession was small comfort, given that it was intended to be only a way station for his grandmother's remains.
Coralhouse passed away in May at the age of 108. During her tenure as Senior Fellow of the Social Sciences department at the Academy, she helped to shape the growing subject of Earthology and has been widely recognised as one of the greatest thinkers in the field.
Tue Jun 28, 2005 7:43 am
Joined: 22 Apr 2005 Posts: 222 Location: Newcastle, UK
Very noble, I cant see one of our Earth institutions being quite so principled.
Surely the fact that (as is pointed out in the article) the academy must be working on this anyway makes this a little self-defeating...
Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.
Tue Jun 28, 2005 9:29 am
Joined: 18 Oct 2004 Posts: 1842 Location: London
It doesn't do anything for their pretentious elitist image does it?
Nice suit by the way, it's good to see people dressing appropriately for their articles
Tue Jun 28, 2005 9:39 am
Joined: 05 Oct 2003 Posts: 1199 Location: Pacific Northwest
We also have:
Editor Speaks to Earth
In a first-ever convergence of interworld media, Perplex City Sentinel editor-in-chief Michiko Clark spoke to the Earth radio station Talksport early Monday morning. The topics covered in the interview, which is available for download in MP3 format, ranged from the latest headlines to Clark's hair color.
Tue Jun 28, 2005 11:18 am
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