Re: virus: Faith - Brodiesque style
Tue, 9 Mar 1999 20:52:34 EST

Hey, now there is a reading of that analogy that I never thought of! I guess that is what happens, Richard, when you read analogies beyond the purposes for which they were intended. There is no way to really discount ANY analogies that anyone wants to make, if you are going to starting suggesting that any old reading goes.

So tell me, Richard, do you like this reading of YOUR analogy, since it is obviously not MINE anymore?

In a message dated 3/9/99 6:59:33 PM Central Standard Time, writes:

<< Dr. Bernard Slepian was no deer, but a courageous human being, yet he was shot to death through a window, by an assassin wielding a high-powered rifle, in his own home and in front of his horrified family. He lived and died standing up for women's rights. For you to suggest that we should bow our heads in the name of memes and kowtow to such terrorism sickens me in the extreme.

At Tue, 9 Mar 1999 10:15:13 -0800, you wrote:

 >This is an apt analogy, "Jake", maybe more than you realize. You are
 >choosing to be that deer, and in the real world people really do have
 >high-powered rifles.
 >Richard Brodie   >>

>-----Original Message-----
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>Sent: Tuesday, March 9, 1999 9:34 AM
>Subject: Re: virus: Faith - Brodiesque style
>In a message dated 3/9/99 8:15:46 AM Central Standard Time,
><< I assume that you are indicating me. That is always a possibility that I
> consider. I would suggest, my gentle dismayed friend, that it is more
> that there are two of us that lack internal consistency in the practice of
> ideals. However one of us does so deliberately and intentionally by
> "articles of faith" that are in principle not subjectable to rational
> criticism. The other may do so unintentionally by failing to completely
> into practice what he holds in principle.>>
>Which is worse? Setting standards that you know you will probably never
>completely achieve, or lowering your principles until they are easily
>A fideist indignantly calling a pancritical rationalist a hypocrite is such
>easy sport. It's like putting regular feed out for a deer, and then one day
>deciding to "hunt" it with a high powered rifle from afar, and claiming it
>a "trophy". But try outrunning a strange one on foot as a human with only a
>knife - in IT'S world on IT'S terms. It's like trying to fight evolution
>As long as you are on YOUR terms of faith, where you don't feel any reason
>engage your assumptions at all, it is such a pointless endeavor to attack a
>pancritical rationalist. To make it remotely meaningful, you have to become
>one yourself, at least for a short time.
>Bye for now.