RE: virus: Scientists and Philosophers

Richard Brodie (
Wed, 10 Feb 1999 07:45:38 -0800

I have found it very useful not to want to look at issues such as

--do I really want to be in this relationship? --I wonder if I could get away with shtupping the redhead who keeps smiling at me at the espresso stand.
--if I can find someone this good who loves me so much, couldn't I find someone better who loves me a little less?

Richard Brodie Author, "Virus of the Mind: The New Science of the Meme" Free newsletter! Visit Meme Central at

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Subject: Re: virus: Scientists and Philosophers


Richard Brodie <>:

3. It's a difference of degree. Faith is more like not wanting to look at evidence; the issue is closed in other words. This can be extremely useful in human ventures such as marriage.

WHAT! I don't know what kind of relationship you like, Brodie, but I can't see how an ostrich approach is going to be useful. Are you seriously claiming that, given evidence, it is useful in a marriage to "not want to look at it"?

Useful how?