RE: virus: pale religious lechery

David McFadzean (
Tue, 09 Mar 1999 10:04:30 -0700

At 02:48 PM 3/8/99 -0800, Richard Brodie wrote:

>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:
>* I am accountable for everything that happens to me
>* Things will get better
>* I can handle it

I think I've come up with (or been infected by) a solution that could end the War (how often does that happen?).

What if... we introduced two new terms to replace "believe", one to mean "I believe because I think it is true" and one to mean "I believe because I think the effects are beneficial"?

I believe (because I think it is true) that enlightened infidels would have no problem with the faithful espousing their beliefs if they used the "effects are beneficial" term.


David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Church of Virus