Re: virus: materialism and other worldviews

Robin Faichney (
Mon, 22 Feb 1999 10:34:30 +0000

In message <005e01be5e05$9e19f020$e2194018@CS1000568-A.cgno1.ab.wave.hom>, David McFadzean <> writes
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Robin Faichney <>
>Date: Saturday, February 20, 1999 3:14 AM
>>though I never really thought it out before -- is: if
>>it's based on a different set of assumptions, it's a
>>different worldview. Hey, I just came up with the
>>correct way to slice them! Didn't I?
>Seems like a good start, but I would like to pursue
>some of the implications to test the idea (or at
>least my understanding of the idea).
>Say we have a very simple entity with 5 beliefs.
>Three of them, A, B, and C, are assumptions. For
>the sake of argument A is inconsistent with C.
>The fourth belief D is based on A and B. The fifth
>and last belief E is based on B and C. How many
>beliefs systems does this entity hold?

Aaaargh!! I'm sorry, but I really don't want to get into that. I'm quite sceptical about the general utility of trying to pin down folkpsychological /philosophical concepts that way.
I prefer suggestiveness to definitiveness, generally, though of course I recognise the latter is often useful. Just that it's not so often in the particular games I most like to play.