RE: virus: Prisoners my Derrida!

Sodom (
Thu, 18 Mar 1999 14:03:20 -0500


There was another way that you could have responded to this if you wanted. Something like:

"Reed, I didn't follow the Bertrand Russell or RAND corporation references.
Could you flesh out these statements so I can better understand what you're trying to say before I respond."

Just a thought.

I highly recommend William Poundstone's _The Prisoner's Dilemma_ to find out more about these things. A book everyone here should be familiar with.

Russell and Von Neumann -- two of the best, most logical minds of this century -- both thought that the United States should preemptively drop hydrogen bombs on the Soviet Union before they could develop the bomb themselves (this was in the 1950's).

[Bill Roh]
I am a bit of a fanatic of Russell, and I didn't know that he ever favored using the bomb as you are saying, I am sure however that he was very anti-bomb pro-peace later in his carreer.
If you by chance have a source for Russell's pro nuke stance, I would be interested in seeing it. Bill Roh