[ExI] A Small Request [was Re: Impressive book: Farewell toAlms]
hkhenson at rogers.com
Fri Feb 8 05:19:25 UTC 2008
At 07:58 PM 2/7/2008, spike wrote:
>The whole notion of holding people in an asylum against their will on the
>testimony of any quack psychiatrist has always made me squirm. How can you
>be sure? There are plenty of people willing to label any libertarian as
>crazy. There are even more who consider an atheist as a raving looney.
>Signed up for cryonics? Believe in a coming singularity? Think that
>mankind can create a bright future through technology? That we will
>eventually overcome disease and possibly even death? How do you feel about
>being locked in an asylum for these beliefs?
spike, do you actually know of any situations like this?
>So how do we determine if a person can be held against their will? I would
>recommend doing so only if they commit an actual crime. That's what the
>courts did. The fact that a lot of people left those institutions who would
>have been better off staying is beside the point. There is no way to know
>for sure which are dangerous crazy and which just have crazy ideas.
I don't think you would have any problem sorting them out.
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