virus: The nature of Reason

Reed Konsler (
Sat, 20 Feb 1999 16:31:06 -0500

>Date: Fri, 19 Feb 1999 19:44:34 -0500
>From: "joe dees" <>
>Subject: virus: Attribution error
>Reed said:
>Goals change, thus reason is inconsistent over time.
>Wrong. Reason, being a process by means of which
>one plots an efficient course from the present to one's
>goals, whatever they are, may remain consistent, even
>while the goals to which this consistent process is
>applied change.

Hmm...OK, That makes sense.
You're speaking of reason as a static kind of thing.

I see it as evolving. We start with <Reason 1.0> and we upgrade over our lifetimes. Some crash more than others; sometimes more sophisticated is just more hastle. Sometimes, like if you have Macintosh, you have all these extentions and contol panels but no idea what they do. You throw in a few patches and delete some invisible files and pray the bastard boots. That is Reason, to me. Faith is what makes you keep trying to do better, and what lets you trust what happens, even if you aren't clear about every detail.


  Reed Konsler