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While I accept responsibility for any text written by me here or anywhere else, I do not endorse the contents of web pages that are not part of otoom.net and/or otoomblog.blogspot.com in any way or form.
A text of any kind (such as correspondence, articles, discussions, etc) written by me and appearing there does neither constitute an endorsement of the content nor the purpose of such a website.
I have no influence in, nor do I take any responsibility for, third-party interpretations of the statements made on the otoom.net website and/or otoomblog.blogspot.com (whether on any of their pages or in texts provided for download), and that includes translations, discussions, affirmations and criticisms.
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However, in the rare event that the URL on the W3C side has been changed in some way those buttons may no longer work. I'll rectify the problem as soon as I become aware of it. In the meantime the validity of any otoom.net/[document] can still be confirmed by accessing the W3C website and pasting the document's URL into the field displayed there.
Please note that while I endeavour to reply to emails sent from the Contact page, there are some I tend not to respond to:
- Requests to include articles etc from other websites on the Otoom site itself. This is not a judgment on those articles; the Otoom site is designed to feature explanatory texts relevant to its overall theme (and any references to third-party research of course). This should not dissuade anyone from adding a reference to otoom.net on their own site.
- Advertisements (eg, how to increase traffic, email campaigns, etc). Given Otoom's theme and therefore its assumed target audience, any publicity is aimed at a specific relevant entity rather than conducting generic marketing campaigns.
The citation should be as follows: Martin Wurzinger otoom.net
Except as permitted by the copyright law applicable to you, you may not reproduce or communicate any of the content on this website, including files downloadable from this website, without the permission of the copyright owner.
The Australian Copyright Act allows certain uses of content from the internet without the copyright owner's permission. This includes uses by educational institutions and by Commonwealth and State governments, provided fair compensation is paid. For more information, see www.copyright.com.au and www.copyright.org.au.
The owners of copyright in the content on this website may receive compensation for the use of their content by educational institutions and governments, including from licensing schemes managed by Copyright Agency.
The contents of the pages appearing on otoom.net and/or otoomblog.blogspot.com follow the theme developed in On the origin of Mind, based on my own and third party research. They are not derived from any interest group, political organisation or ideology (spiritual or secular), nor have I benefited from any individual or any member of such groups.
While any source material exterior to the Otoom model is duly cited, it is theoretically possible that statements presented under the Otoom model have already been made by someone else prior to the model's existence under various auspices and without my knowledge (the model spans a range of established disciplines, including artificial intelligence, cognitive, social and political science, psychology, anthropology, philosophy). Should such a case be brought to my attention I will include the reference forthwith. Nevertheless, these types of statements would have been made using the framework of the Otoom model and not any other conceptualisation.
Research findings represented by the book On the origin of Mind and implemented through the computer program OtoomCM which makes use of this research (the others listed under the drop-down menu Programs are derivations) are to be recognised as original. On the origin of Mind and OtoomCM had been completed by August 2003, and both have been lodged with the Australian National Library (ISBN 978-0-646-48075-6).
The rights under Australian and international copyright laws take precedence over any subsequent claims by others made in any paper, journal, book or other media, regardless how prestigious such may be at the time.
By the way, it seems hardly worth mentioning that the copyright notice at the bottom of the index page is mostly decorative. Copyright does not apply because someone claims it to be; copyright exists because it is (with due respect to C. S. Lewis).
Digital environments can be servers, browsers, a user's operating system, or any functional space within which a digital code operates.
Given the sheer variety of such environments (including types, versions, and functional architectures) there may be occasions when for example a page does not load properly, or a program is unable to run. While every effort is made to adhere to architectural and/or coding standards (such as confirming the validity of every Otoom web page with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) - see the W3C buttons on the bottom left of the index page) there is no guarantee a page or a program will work flawlessly for every user.
In case of any problems the user should check his or her personal settings in the browser and/or operating system (for example, allowing Windows 10 to run the program).
Any account held on social or other websites (eg, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc and including blogs) is solely for the purpose of providing a link to otoom.net and to enable further comment in relation to topics featured on otoom.net.
Any association with other account holders generated by those websites on behalf of anyone (for example, in the form of 'Friend' or 'Endorsement') does not in any way constitute an endorsement under the framework of otoom.net.
Any comments made by other account holders in relation to a statement made in the context of additional information regarding the topics on otoom.net is made by them and should not be seen as being representative of otoom.net. I mostly rely on email notifications from those websites to become aware of any further responses.
Third-part websites (that is, websites outside my direct control) may change their framework and/or layout abruptly, rendering the existing layout away from the original intent (this includes links previously provided). As soon as I become aware of this I do my best to correct it. To what extent this is possible depends on the functionalities available at the time.
It may not always be possible for me to access those accounts. For example, there was a time when Facebook locked one's account and only unlocked it once account holders had identified themselves correctly. FB did this by showing images of 'Friends' and the user had to select the appropriate name. It didn't always work. I may know Mary but there could have been a picture of Mary's legs, and since I never examined her legs I have no idea whose they are. Furthermore, there could be additional questions related to the personal information one has provided in FB. The more detailed this is the greater the chance I can identify myself, and conversely, the less there is the less is my chance at that point. Because FB is essentially a gigantic information gathering device, and since under Australian law it is not obligatory to be as comprehensive as possible (at least not yet), my personal information on FB is kept to a minimum. In other words, there can be a time when I can't unlock my account; hence I won't be able to respond to anything there.
Given the ever-changing and proliferating nature of such websites (especially when it comes to social media) in terms of conditions, settings, preferences and the like, I will not be held responsible for keeping up to date and becoming an expert in their various combinatorial effects. I regard such sites as virtual public utilities, and just as it is the responsibility of public utilities to safeguard the user rather than the user being responsible for safeguarding the utilities, I do not consider it my duty to adjust my daily life to whatever the current framework of this or that website may demand (perhaps one day there will be a direct court challenge along those lines).
Furthermore, service-providing websites (the social media variety included) make it a condition of use for members of the public to agree to their specific rules. These rules may or may not fully agree with the juridical framework of the country in which the user resides. The legal details of such a relationship could well be somewhat opaque to the point where such wording, if they occurred in other contexts, could provide a basis for being challenged in court. Just as service-providing websites establish their own a priori rules for the consumer, so does the consumer have common rights and responsibilities which would extend to the business. Note that the latter is not explicitly evoked, signed, agreed upon or even viewed every time one citizen interacts with another; rather, they are assumed to exist in any case. My own relationship with such websites is based on that very perspective.
A reasonable effort is made to rectify broken links. Broken links to newspaper articles etc are due to that page having been removed. This type of link will not be changed to alert the viewer to check for similar articles etc. Most sites provide a corresponding message.
Any other links (such as books for purchase) are correct at the time of posting. Nevertheless, I rely on notifications in case something has been changed at the third party's end. In the absence of any notification the link may not work properly until I become aware of the problem and fix it.
The software made available on the otoom.net website comes 'as is'. No responsibility is taken nor shall be assumed to exist in relation to its use, and that includes the integrity of any platform or medium on or into which it has been transferred.
It is the responsibility of the user to operate the software in accordance with the relevant laws under the jurisdiction/s applicable to the user.
The programs made available on the otoom.net website are copyright and it is illegal to decompile, modify or interfere with the source code, regardless of whether the program is provided free of charge or not. I or otoom.net shall not be liable for any damages arising from the use of the programs.