Re: virus: Is there room fo

Ken Kittlitz (
Thu, 4 Jan 1996 18:23:31 +0000

Reply to: RE>>virus: Is there room for mysticism?

Andy Cheyne writes:
>I plead guilty to having and following "gut feelings", and I don't
>think I am denying myself any fun by not attaching any undue
>mystical importance to them.

Agreed. I think "gut feelings" are probably decisions that
haven't quite emerged into consciousness. As such they
may be "arational", but not irrational.

Sasha writes:
>I quite agree that mysteries, superstitions are nice things, as
>well as other forms of intellectual fun, such as fiction, humor, fairy
>tales, etc. They happen to tickle our natural senses and as all other
>forms of tickling are often quite enjoyable.
> They just shouldn't be confused with truth, that's all...

I think you underestimate the "truth" value of fiction, humour and
fairy tales. All can and often are used to illuminate or comment
on aspects of reality, and as such do more than tickle our

I bet with enough thought many "fun" things can be argued
to have a rational basis, or at least not an irrational one.
Perhaps I'll start working on a case for hedonism ;->