RE: virus: C of V: Another Religion

Tim Rhodes (
Sat, 1 Feb 1997 15:12:36 -0800 (PST)

On 1 Feb 1997, David Rosdeitcher wrote:

> This situation, in which a word is coined and defined, and then
> people see things they didn't notice before, can imply that the act of
> creating and defining words leads to creating and defining reality. This
> would make reality seem like a very subjective phenomena.

Oh, yes, you are so very, very close to getting it!!!

> Furthermore,
> this new term in question-the meme-happens to be a unit that influences
> notions about reality and has no regard for objective reality.
> Consequently, many people in the growing memetics community have
> embraced a school of thought which holds the idea that one's view of
> "external reality" is merely a result of one's language and that reality
> is a subjective experience.

Yourself included. And yet you have resolved the problem with such style
and subtly I am left breathless. As follows:

> Consciousness
> does not simply perceive a subjective definition of existence, but
> existence itself, (even though each person has a different point of
> view, has limited knowledge, different sense organs, biases, etc -a
> different experience, they are still perceiving existence directly.)

This is beautiful! Objective reallity is defined /AS/ Subjective reality.
Marvelous!!! Undercut the whole question and cut to the chase. Now, is
objective reallity, therefore, as flexible as subjective reallity?

- Prof. Tim