Re: virus: Maxims: the universe and truth

David McFadzean (
Thu, 20 May 1999 15:55:41 -0600

At 12:59 PM 5/20/99 -0700, Dan Plante wrote:

>I might as well chime in with my $0.02 worth on this topic. I agree in
>essence and detail, with David's remarks above. As a matter of fact, when I
>analyse how I think, and why I think of certain things, I find that my mind
>uses coherence and correspondence as tools.

Evaluating the truth of a representation by checking for correspondence is not possible, at least not directly. We can only infer correspondence by checking for coherence. Even apparently direct perception has to be interpreted in order to translate it into a representation.

For example consider the statement "these two pieces of paper in front of me are the same colour of blue". Initially it would seem that you would check the truth of the assertion by directly checking for correspondence, but you are still using coherence. To understand why you only have to realize that there is always the possibility of being mistaken. Does that make sense?

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Church of Virus