Re: virus: maxims and ground rules

Tim Rhodes (
Wed, 12 May 1999 20:44:52 -0700

TheHermit wrote:

>"And I can only hope that men of the new generation may be moved by this
>book to devote themselves to technics instead of lyrics, the sea instead of
>the paint-brush, and politics instead of epistemology. Better they could
>do." I'd disagree a little. I like art and would rather see a balance. But
>if we have to come down on one side or the other, I suspect I would agree
>with this excerpt and with the meaning of: "Suppose that, in future
>generations, the most gifted minds were to find their souls health more
>important than all the powers of this world; suppose that...the very elite
>of intellect that is now concerned with the machine comes to be overpowered
>by a growing sense of its Satanism (it is the step from Roger Bacon to
>Bernard of Clairvaux) - then nothing can hinder the end of this grand drama
>that has been a play of intellects, with hands as mere auxiliaries." I also
>suspect that this would offend Prof. Tim to the very depths of his

Not at all. For despite the fact that I would welcome warmly an age where hands and body were no longer "mere auxiliaries" (in the unlikey that event humans stop acting human for a time), knowing that this grand drama is just that, makes the playing of it all the more enjoyable, does it not? :-)

-Prof. Tim