Re: virus: pale religious lechery

Eva-Lise Carlstrom (
Tue, 9 Mar 1999 16:14:11 -0800 (PST)

On Tue, 9 Mar 1999, David McFadzean wrote:

> At 10:16 PM 3/9/99 +0000, Robin Faichney wrote:
> >Could I suggest also: religious fundamentalists literally believe --
> >it takes a religious liberal to "believe" in metaphors, myths etc. as
> >psychological tools.
> Right, this is an excellent example of why we need new improved
> terminology rather than putting the second sense of believe in
> square quotes. Any ideas for two new verbs? Can we create something
> with relevant Latin or Greek root?

"I consider it well-supported by evidence that..." "I find it useful to believe that..."

> Is there also a need for a "true" that goes with "believe"?

No. The second sense is not concerned with truth, but with utility and flexibility.