Re: virus: It just keeps going, and going, and...

David McFadzean (
Tue, 16 Mar 1999 09:49:45 -0700

At 11:14 PM 3/15/99 -0800, KMO wrote:

>> What position do "Brethetarians" advance? Are you sure I am one?
>That was a reference to one of Prof. Tim's recent posts in which he
>likened reason to air to express how essential it is to good living.
>It's essential, but, like air, it doesn't provide for all of one's
>needs. A Breathetarian would claim otherwise.

My point was the Tim was attacking a straw man. No-one is claiming that rationality is all that should be. Some of us are claiming that it is the best "way of knowing", the best way to make decisions, and the best way to analyze ideas for merit.

No-one is claiming that other methods cannot arrive at the same answers. Sometimes they can through pure chance (divination using random variables) or because they evolved to simulate reasoning (intuition, emotions, faith).

I doubt the silverbacks would disagree with any of the above, so what are we arguing about again? Are both sides attacking straw men? I guess I'm still looking for a clear, unambiguous statement about the alleged virtues of faith. So far all I've got it that sometimes it saves you time and the effort of thinking.

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Church of Virus