RE: virus: Scientists and Philosophers

Richard Brodie (
Wed, 10 Feb 1999 09:33:40 -0800

The entire field of motivational speaking is designed to "bootstrap" people into success by filling their head full of success scenarios. Your brain doesn't know the difference, at some level, between a real memory and a fake one. This technique works very well.

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 Wade T.Smith
Sent: Wednesday, February 10, 1999 8:51 AM To: Church of Virus
Subject: RE: virus: Scientists and Philosophers

>I think faith is more conscious, like, I have faith in my ability to
>and I'm not going to question it.

Because you have the empirical knowledge that you _have_ succeeded. Yes? What if you didn't have the empirical knowledge of <success>? Would you be capable of maintaining this <faith> that you could? How would you know?

This is the (IMHO) basic fraud of <faith>, and why it is a pale simulacrum of knowledge, and should be banished forever from the learning curricula of human experience, and should also be thrown out of any toolbox of any <educator>.

Wade T. Smith