Re: virus: accurate statements vs The Absolute Truth (was KMO

David Leeper (
Tue, 27 Aug 1996 19:37:17 +0000

KMO wrote:

> Jason McVean wrote:
> > I think I have been guilty of being somewhat of a moving target.
> > See below.
> > I think I regret saying that Absolute Truth and Objective reality
> > are the same thing. What I was meaning was precisely what you
> > said above: "Objective Reality defines what is true". I also said
> > that "Absolute Truth defines what is true". That is the sense
> > that I was intending when I said OR was the same as AT.
> It takes a certain strength of intellectual character to expend effort
> on assimilating a point of view with which you think you disagree,
> discovering that it is coherent, and then announcing to a whole
> community that the elements of a picture you formerly rejected have
> fallen into place for you. Many people on this list lack that
> intellectual honesty. I may be one of them.
> Jason, with this one post you have established yourself as an honest and
> thoughtful participant to this on-going discussion. I'm sending this to
> you personally because some would take it as a backhanded crticism, i.e.
> they'd see praise for you as implicit ridicule of thier own obstinate
> behaviour. Still, I suspect that you've elevated yourself in the eyes of
> many Virions and set an excellent example. I fear I'll be withdrawing
> from the discussion starting almost immediately. I'm about to start a
> new job which is going to eat up most of my time. I've seen a
> disturbing trend away from rational discourse on this list and toward
> sophmoric ego battles. I trust that the contributions of people like
> David McFadzean, Ken Pantheists, Reed Konsler, and Hakeeb Nandalal and
> yourself will keep the Virus discussion list from degenerating into
> flame war hell.
> Take care. -KMO

Bye Mr. Prime.

David Leeper
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