Re: virus: maxims and ground rules

Dave Pape (
Thu, 13 May 1999 00:22:30 +0100

At 16:49 12/05/99 -0500, Joe wrote:

>> What about accept that Truth is an illusion
>Do you consider that statement true? ;~)

Must be your favourite joke, Joe:

>At 15:46 09/05/99 -0700, Joe wrote:
Me: >>> What's the level of agreement on "there is no such thing as
>>>absolute, knowable, non-cultural-group-specific truth"? I
>>>think we should start our maxims nihilist & self-
>>>contradictory, then work our way up.
Joe: >>Is that an absolute, knowable, non-cultural-group-specific truth?

Me: >Hence the "self-contradictory" bit. One of my favourite neural
>tickles, that- always subscribing to worldviews that know for
>certain that you can't know anything for certain:

Trouble is, I am deadly convinced that there's no such thing as truth, even though the idea shoots itself point blank in the foot. I guess the statement "nothing is actually true" is only a hair's breadth from the standard logic paradox "This statement is false", which if it's false is true and which if it's true is false.