Re: virus: Virus

Duane Daniel Hewitt (
Thu, 3 Aug 1995 12:36:20 -0600 (MDT)

On Thu, 3 Aug 1995, David McFadzean wrote:

> The only problem with using "mind control" to describe what we are
> attempting is the bad connotations attached. But that doesn't change
> the fact that controlling minds in precisely our goal if we want to
> teach people to become rational agents through critical thinking.

To me "mind control" is bending someone to your way of thinking so that
they accept your premises uncritically. It is the opposite of encouraging
critical thinking and giving someone the tools to effectively question
your premises.

> I don't see anything morally wrong with mind control. That is what
> happens whenever we use language, in fact that is all that language
> is used for.

In this context I see a more mild definition of mind control in that it
is more like to influence or convince with an argument.

Duane Hewitt