Re: virus: Cognitive Dissonance

Tim Rhodes (
Sun, 7 Feb 1999 21:41:16 -0800

ERiC wrote:

>8) No cost, yet possible benifit.
>On the contrary, there is a cost. Anyone who believed you orginally,
>might now not trust you (or what you say) as much. Surly this is a
>very important thing to a memetic engineer!

Of course. But I (obviously) don't agree with your cost/benifit analysis. Risk? Yes. But risk /without/ reward? No.

I doubt either one of us alone could assess the effects on my "crediblity", such as it is. I'll leave the rest of the list to weight that and pass their own judgements.

>[1] Bible properly understood, of course. Perhaps "handbook" would be
>a better name, although I can't help but think that it would be fun to
>include a section divided up into chapters and verses for polematic
>reasons -- we could include all the harshest polematics of people like
>Neitzsche and Paine, and then some modern authors developments of a
>positive freethought position. I think it would be great fun to have
>the ability to site the "Golden Book 'o Atheism", chapter 10, verse 7
>etc. at a theist. At the very least, it might show them how foolish
>citing chapter and verse of a book the other side doesn't accept as
>authorative really is.

I love it! Can I write "The Second Epistle of Tim to the Church at Hesitae"? (2 Hesitations 2:18 "And Lo, He did smite the wicked, for they had folly in their hearts and Spice Girls songs in their heads. And their was much wailing and knashing of teeth. And it was good.")

-Prof. Tim