Re:RE: RE: virus: materialism and other worldviews

joe dees (
Fri, 19 Feb 1999 18:54:14 -0500

At Fri, 19 Feb 1999 08:19:43 -0800, you wrote:
>Joe Dees wrote:
><<When people attempt to not philosophize they only end up philosophizing
>implicitly and poorly, whether they call their position an it an ist, an
>ish, an ing or an ian.>>
>Do you have any evidence to back that claim? For instance, have you done any
>studies, or do you know of any, that show that people with explicit rational
>philosophies are more successful in any way than others? Or do you just take
>it on faith that it's true?
>Richard Brodie
>Author, "Virus of the Mind: The New Science of the Meme"
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I refer you to COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT: ITS CULTURAL AND SOCIAL FOUNDATIONS by A. R. Luria (a late professor of psychology at Moscow University), where illiterate Russian peasants were found to be frozen at the Piagetian level of concrete operations, unable to solve the most elementary abstract problems, and unable to think in terms of hypothetical scenarios, causing a massive deficit in both their ability to innovate and their ability to plan for changing circumstances, and a subsequent lower subsistence level and lifespan. Joe E. Dees
Poet, Pagan, Philosopher

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