virus: Hegelian rot

T. Harms (
Thu, 19 Oct 1995 12:20:35 -0700

Greetings, all!

I am new to this discussion, but not new to these ideas. I have gotten my
hands dirty in lots of these areas for years, including publishing a paper
at the first Nanotechnology conference, arguing against "memes" with Keith
Henson, having my outlook on life transformed by Dawkin's _Extended
Phenotype_, having a blast at the big Extropian bash in the hills above
Boulder Creek, and being an ardent student of evolutionary rationalism. In
addition, I have special interest in religious practice and community which
is consonant with my thoroughgoing rationalism. I'd say I've come to the
right place.

My opening question is, if you folk know so much (and you do; your pointers
are awesome) how come you characterize Church of Virus as Hegelian?
Sheesh, that's a pointer to the outhouse hole. Hasn't anybody read "The
Open Society and its Enemies" by Karl Popper? Or at least skimmed it?
Evolutionary (pan-critical) rationalism is so entirely foreign to Hegelian
philosophy, perhaps you will understand my exasperation.

Aside from that, I'm very enthused about what I've seen from The Church of




"Oh time, thy pyramids . . ."