Re: virus: The Alleged Virtues of Faith

the great tinkerer (
Tue, 16 Mar 1999 23:48:16 -0500

>Through some twist of fate, western society has come to regard
>dogmatic faith as a virtue. To hold an idea as true despite all
>evidence to the contrary is an abdication of reason.

>Convictions are
>the end of knowledge, not the beginning; they are the enemy of truth
>more than lies.

you believe that?! (pun intended)

this sounds absolutely terrible... "convictions" connotes too many things: surely you dont mean convictions [opinions] are the end of knowledge [fact]. if you believe that convictions [beliefs, opinions, dogmas] are the end of knowledge... where does that leave you (this sentence is a lie)? stick to the wording of the rest of the paragraph: "dogmas are the end..."

~the great tinkerer