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Is Intellectual Property Protection a Good Idea?

The issue raised in this chapter does not relate to the debate about the scientific status of traditional knowledge in the eyes of the 'modern' scientific tradition,2 or vice versa.3 It is assumed, as also seems widely accepted, that traditional knowledge has an important role to play in contributing to the progress of science, and to its application to improve human health and welfare. Traditional knowledge is complementary rather than competitive with modern science. Each has something to learn from the other, as argued by several other contributors to this volume. The holistic and systemic worldview of traditional knowledge, which emphasises the interconnectedness of both natural and human phenomena, often provides fresh insights to modern science. The latter, which tends to proceed by isolationist and reductionist methodologies, may miss the bigger picture which traditional knowledge offers.

Is Intellectual Property Protection a Good Idea?Charles Clift1The issue raised in this chapter does not relate to the debate about the scientific status of traditional knowledge in the eyes of the 'modern' scientific tradition,2 or vice versa.3 It
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