Re: virus: CoV Memetics: Mysticism of the 90's

Peter Charlot (
Sun, 16 Feb 1997 20:04:27 -1000

Peter Charlot wrote:
>> Where is the empirical proof that criticial thinking works any better than
>> any other method of thinking? There isn't any. There is no way of testing
>> such a claim. Nobody could ever come up with a control group.

Kenneth Boyd wrote:
>There are *more* effective methods of proof than empirical.
>Even if a scientific test collapses on its face [I think I could
>construct one that stands; *any* is very broad....], mathematical methods
>may succeed where science fails. [Game theory!]
Sure, I hope there is some way of analyzing such concepts as critical thinking.

But I can't figure where you are on the overall point of
whether astrology and mysticism are "evil" memes or whether there is any
possible validity. Also, whether they may have
served some positive service to human progress.