RE: virus: pale religious lechery

Richard Brodie (
Mon, 8 Mar 1999 14:48:11 -0800

David McF wrote:

<<As you pointed out, it is possible to be rational without being open-minded. I'm not sure how you can be open-minded without being rational. What is it about a faith that can be systematically and constructively criticized?>>

Well, it's pragmatic value, for one. Cognitive psychology is based on the model that beliefs direct behavior. By cataloguing a person's beliefs one can attempt to adjust them, eliminating ones that cause undesired behavior. As an example, here are some faith-based positions widely held to be useful:

There are many more. Perhaps David R., who just completed the final Pursuit of Excellence course (yes, if you snoozed, you lost -- they are shutting their doors after 20 years of not being con artists), would like to add something?

Richard Brodie Author, "Virus of the Mind: The New Science of the Meme" Free newsletter! Visit Meme Central at