RE: virus: Scientists and Philosophers

Richard Brodie (
Wed, 10 Feb 1999 09:20:27 -0800

The point many skeptics don't see is that most people don't have rigid, black-and-white belief systems. They play with ideas, have fun with them. There can be a lot of value in doing that as it puts you in a frame of mind to entertain differences between people rather than chew their heads off.

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

-----Original Message-----
From: []On Behalf Of David McFadzean
Sent: Wednesday, February 10, 1999 7:49 AM To:
Subject: Re: virus: Scientists and Philosophers

At 12:23 AM 2/10/99 -0800, Tim Rhodes wrote:
>David wrote:
>>Skeptics emphatically do not hold truth above everything else. When is the
>>last time you heard of a group of skeptics descending on an amusement park
>>to debunk the rides, proving to the poor deluded thrill seekers that the
>>roller coaster is in fact not nearly as dangerous as they had believed?
>Can you see, however, how some might view skeptics as descending on their
>mental and emotional amusement parks in just such a manner?

Like astrology or iridology or facilitated communication? What possible harm could result in letting people believe what they want? It's just like kids and Santa Claus, right?

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Church of Virus