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  • Commented on A Surfeit of Emeralds: Healthcare in the Middle Ages
    Science is all about piddly details. Part of the problem is a social one. A scientists statement about something that works or not is usually carefully phrased and hedged, or should be when done properly. By the time the statement...
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    I'n not quite old enough to remember Pauling and megadoses of vitamin C, but I think it's a bit unfair to blame modern pharma in general for vitamin C and omega 3. Better to discuss the story of mental health...
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    That reminds me, last year I tried making a spreadsheet of herbal cures for illnesses, against the recipes suggested by John of Rupescissa*, and although I didn't get into it much, it immediately became clear that there was a wide...
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    If anyone is still reading, probably the best one volume introduction to the topic of later medieval medicine in England, is called "Medicine and society in late medieval England" by Carol Rawcliffe. It was published in 1995, but I haven't...
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    He's more just lightly trolling. The fun thing about the medieval period is that Theology is Queen of the sciences, as I read in Bacon's Opus Majus....
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    And by the protestants, I believe. Also it was usually heretics who recanted their original confession and abjuration of heresy. They can't say they weren't warned. As for Galileo, it' much more complex and interesting than the pop-sci view of...
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    Just to add to the fun I asked on Twitter if Occam's razor was science, part of science, or a useful tool in science, and a historian of mathematics replied "Philosophy"....
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    I don't think I misunderstand at all. By science I mean the overall practise, usually typified by theory, experiment and feedback thereon. Occams razor can as you say be a tool in the overall endeavour, but in the context of...
  • Commented on Upcoming travel
    Well, it's all part of the ongoing gifting of business to larger private interests. Sure, GP's are basically small businesses, but at least they are working for themselves. Instead, the aim, if the government is lucid enough to have an...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    28 is the high end of clothed comfortable outside for me. Perhaps if I was sleeping nude it would be fine, but when active it certainly isn't. I prefer more like 24 or so, with my standard indoors heating temp...
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    That's an interesting point re. your filling in the implied and actual gaps when reading stuff with familair sources. I've certainly found it a bit tricky at times to grasp Japanese or Chinese cultural nuances in manga etc. If you're...
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    I can't think of any specific quotes just now, but I have read of various medieval people expressing unorthodox views about religion. Some were Wycliffites of course. Ah hah, I just remembered the book. See "The materiality of unbelief in...
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    Catholic CHristianity in Europe in the 11th and 12th centuries was struggling with the mass of common folk belief and sort of magic ritual stuff that wasn't theologically illegal at the time but was later on. Over the centuries they...
  • Commented on New guest blogger: E. C. Ambrose
    That does make me wonder about the effects of brexit on the fringe. (festival, what festival.....) I can certainly see it getting harder and more complex to get hold of the correct visas, and therefore a net loss of acts...
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    Just for Greg, I found this: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/oct/27/scottish-nhs-failing-demand-watchdog-audit-scotland-nicola-sturgeon From last year. But basically all it says is that more money is required, and accuses the SNP of nebulous unexplained problems in controlling the NHS. Which is entirely normal. No goverment that...
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    Yes, that's why it's a bad idea to start drawing connections or analogies between the classical stuff and modern ideas. Unless you are doing art....
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    That's funny, I'm in Scotland and haven't heard of our NHS being in a mess. The news is full of the English NHS, you'd think it was in trouble or something....
  • Commented on New guest blogger: E. C. Ambrose
    The fringe has had Taiko drumming on a regular basis since at least the late 1990's, which is when I discovered it, in a small venue that meant you stumbled out slightly deafened as if you'd had a full body...
  • Commented on New guest blogger: E. C. Ambrose
    Thanks; I missed your reply in all the other things going on. But now I have a different question- if your world has magic, how come surgery doesn't go better with magic to help deal with some of the problems?...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Pardon? What have parts of central and eastern England got to do with it? I had a perfectly good renting experience in Sheffield, the letting agency were fine and when the boiler broke in winter it was fixed in 2...
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    How is solar doing in Australia? Large parts of it get lots of sun, at the same time as high AC needs, so is that being done much?...
  • Commented on Upcoming travel
    I think Charlie has an ethical objection to many of the current and past activities of the Israeli government....
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    I don't think so. Magic is not my main focus of research, but I've read a bit here and there, and IIRC that sort of symbolism is more from the Mediteranean and Arabic magic, which just hadn't gotten that far...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Here in the UK we do also have many landlords like the ones described, who will take your deposit in a blink of an eye for fictitious reasons. A relative was stung that way; the hofse was developing damp because...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    I read "Revolt against the modern world", but didn't see what all the fuss was about....
  • Commented on A Surfeit of Emeralds: Healthcare in the Middle Ages
    Actually, re. your fictional suggested meeting, real life is stranger than fiction. For instance, there is a record of an ex-jew appearing in Bremen and offering to turn copper into gold: https://www.alchemydiscussion.com/view_topic.php?id=526&forum_id=8&jump_to=2403 in 1063. See also Sicily and the court...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Given what it sounds like things are now, that would count as obstruction and willful withholding of information and result in non-entry to the USA....
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    Also, Ockham's razor definitely isn't science. If you want something more like science, look at Pope John 22nd and his enquiry into alchemy in 1322 or so. I think the other singularity that most people don't know about or ignore,...
  • Commented on A Surfeit of Emeralds: Healthcare in the Middle Ages
    You might not believe this, but there is a difference between science (1640) and science (1850) and science (1930). Just go and read some modern history of science works....
  • Commented on A Surfeit of Emeralds: Healthcare in the Middle Ages
    What Megpie said. As an illustration, in 13th century England, Daniel of Morley, iirc, was asked by his bishop to write a book about the four elements and how the universe was, because he'd spent the previous few years in...
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