Re: virus: materialism and other worldviews

David McFadzean (
Thu, 18 Feb 1999 17:32:12 -0700

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From: Robin Faichney <> Date: Thursday, February 18, 1999 1:58 PM

>>Most "one worldview" people are probably supernaturalists.
>Why do you say that?

Last I heard, religious people outnumbered materialists about 20 to 1. Did something drastic happen while I wasn't paying attention? ;-)

>>All 3 stances are part of the same worldview though, so I'm
>>curious about how you see this relating to your ideas.
>I don't believe Dennett is entirely correct, but my present
>argument is not with him. Let's see if I can make my point

Nobody (including Dennett) believes it is "entirely correct".

>a bit sharper. I'd say, you cannot simultaneously be a
>materialist, and a realist about consciousness, because
>consciousness is not a material thing.

I'll accept that. So can an "emergent materialist" operate as a social animal with one worldview?

What exactly constitutes a single worldview? Are two models that happen to be non-inconsistent one or two worldviews? The reason I ask is I was in a presentation today that was talking about Belbin's model of roles in an organizational team (shaper, chairman, innovator, worker, finisher, etc) and this was related to the Myers-Briggs personality types. Two distinctly different models of human personalities, but not inconsistent. One worldview or two?