crazy new laws (was Re: The only stupid question is an unasked one...or is it

Tim Bates (
Wed, 17 Feb 1999 18:43:49 +1100 said
>I noticed that gun makers are held liable now for acts committed with their
>products....I notice that funding for science is down...I notice that

How about in the UK (as repotted on BBC radio) where they are proposing to incarcerate people who might commit a crime in the future.

In particular, for having a personality disorder. My jaw dropped.

The polly was saying
"in the past people with personality disorders have gone on to hurt people and we cannot let this happen again" +
"we cannot wait for the science on this one"

oh right.

There is massive overlap between the personality disorders themselves (comorbidity), and serious (Axis 1 in DSM) disorders such as depression and anxiety, as well as with normal personality (the best predictor of personality disorder apart from a clinical diagnosis is simply unusually high levels of emotionality (Neuroticism).

Essentially, this guy is suggesting that the government be given cart blanch to imprison around half of the population. And even then, not on the basis of evidence of misdeeds, but by opinions about internal motives and processes - talk about an invitation for witch hunting.