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 firstname.lastname@example.org Memetic Engineer http://www.lucifer.com/~david/ Church of Virus http://www.lucifer.com/virus/