Re: virus: Scientists and Philosophers

David McFadzean (
Tue, 09 Feb 1999 09:55:27 -0700

At 11:22 AM 2/9/99 -0500, Reed Konsler wrote:

>I agree. One of the reasons that scientists ignore philosophers is
>that scientists are often made to feel like criminals violating some
>grand rules of "the Method". Experimentalists, especially, get
>uptight becuase they recognize intuitively that what they are doing
>is a social and faith based exercise.

I think I would be inclined to agree if you explain what you mean by "faith" in this context. My feeling is that it differs from the use of "faith" in a religious context in kind or in degree or perhaps both kind and degree. I hope you can see that the fact that the same word is being used in both cases is bound to cause a (probably unnecessary) memetic immune reaction in people infected with <skepticism>.

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Church of Virus