The (or a) UK Green Party has changed [its] approach to science, according to this story. (CHT Ken MacLeod.)
The changes look to me to be a mixed bag. There are some good things most notably, the Greens have backed away from the idea of having scientists be legally required to swear an Oath to the Urth! On the down side, though, theyve apparently made their peace with vivisection. (I dont think vivisection should be banned by force of law, but I certainly favour opposing it.)
But the chief change seems to be a shift from a regulate conventional medicine but not alternative medicine position to a regulate all medicine position a move in the direction of greater consistency, but an improvement in no other way.
A related story claims that alternative medicine by definition is medicine that has been proven not to work, or not been proven to work. Alternative medicine that works is called medicine an assertion that belongs in the same category as the quondam Attorney Generals apothegm you dont have many suspects who are innocent of a crime. Thats contradictory. If a person is innocent of a crime, then he is not a suspect.
Hmm, I wonder what the definition of an alternative party is.
You should’ve used this picture:
They seem to have made the mistake of thinking that ‘alternative’ is acting as an alienans adjective here (like ‘faux’ in ‘faux leather’, ‘forged’ in ‘forged banknote’, or ‘former’ in ‘former wife’) when it isn’t. ‘Innocent’ in ‘innocent suspect’ does seem to be an alienans adjective. ‘Alternative,’ on the other hand, does not “alienate” the sense of the noun; you are just as much a patient whether the treatment is mainstream or not.
I don’t think that “innocent” in “innocent suspect” can be understood as an alienans adjective just as such — an innocent suspect still is a suspect. For Jones to recognize Smith as innocent would be for Jones to no longer suspect them, but of course that’s an epistemic issue, whereas Smith’s innocence or guilt doesn’t depend on Jones’s state of knowledge.
It does have the interesting feature of being like Moore’s paradox in a certain respect — you have a description which is not internally contradictory (it’s perfectly possible for a person to be both innocent and also suspected), but nevertheless cannot be rationally applied in a first-person context (I can rationally say that someone you suspect is innocent, and I can even admit the possibility that someone I suspect is innocent; but I cannot coherently assert that that is actually the case, since for me to describe someone as innocent is for me to thereby remove them from my list of suspects).
Excellent point, Charles. I was only thinking of it in the last respect.
The attorney general analogy doesn’t quite work, as the AG would presumably be saying this before a trial establishes guilt or innocence. Alternative medicine isn’t so named until after it’s established that it doesn’t work.
Oh yes, right (cough) (acupuncture) (cough), of course.
Read their Manifesto for a Sustainable Society. They are statist to the core and no friends of libertarians.
It seems a bit big and I couldn’t find a summary… any particularly salient chapters to look at?
Industry, economy, transport (it’s been a while since I’ve read it but those three spring to mind).
Well apparently with the Green Party in charge I get a “Citizen’s Income” by virtue of being a citizen. Sounds dandy! I’m glad the Green Party is volunteering to pay it!
“A Citizen’s Income sufficient to cover an individual’s basic needs will be introduced, which will replace tax-free allowances and most social security benefits (see EC711). A Citizen’s Income is an unconditional, non-withdrawable income payable to each individual as a right of citizenship. It will not be subject to means testing and there will be no requirement to be either working or actively seeking work. “
That’s great. We can have an entire population of non-producers.
Who is going to pay for this gigantic entitlement program?
Hello Professor Long,
Could you explain why you favor opposing vivisection?
Um, it hurts?
Vivisection,like all animal testing,sickens me.
The beauty of capitalism is that I don’t have to endure such sings, I shall just reap the benefits.
Feudalism had a lot of some “enduring” while others “reaped the benefits” too.
This is relevant how?