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  1. You can read this entire chapter in its original single-page scroll on the comic’s old Tumblr site here.

  2. Icalasari says

    …So wait, somebody could be poisoned with something that causes them to do something criminal, and still get blamed for it in the places that abolished it?

    I know it’s rare, but it’s possible, and shouldn’t the law attempt to cover every single case unless it’s downright impossible (e.g. According to current science, you can’t think someone to death, so there doesn’t need to be provisions for that. Likewise, I’m sure claiming a ghost got you drunk against your will would just get you looks of, “The hell?”)

    • I recall that there’s a mathematic proof that it’s impossible to legislate everything. That’s why you get loopholes and jury jullification.

      • Well . . . I can’t imagine how you’d have a specific mathematical proof for that. But perhaps you’re thinking of a looser formulation, along the lines of “in any axiomatic system, there will be unprovable, yet true statements.” ? Something along the lines of Godel’s Incompleteness Theorem might be what you’re thinking of, but I personally wouldn’t think it holds much sway here.

        • Just want to come in here and say that Godel’s Incompleteness Theorem does *not* say that “in any axiomatic system, there will be unprovable, yet true statements.” This is a common misconception, and totally false. Propositional logic, for instance, is a formal system that is complete, consistent, and furthermore decidable. What Godel’s Theorem states is that in any consistent axiomatization of the natural numbers, there will be true statements about the natural numbers that cannot be derived from those axioms.

          Maybe you knew that already and were just being terse, but I see this a lot, and I felt compelled to correct it.

  3. Legion says

    So you’re asking “I get dosed with PCP, I berzerkly kill Tina with a crowbar, am I liable?”

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