Re: virus: Rationality

Alex Williams (
Fri, 28 Feb 1997 09:03:57 -0500 (EST)

> > > similar. This makes me wonder whether a fact is a meme.
> >
> > Can you think about facts?
> Of course, but one cannot question their validity.

Sure you can! Science would never progress unless people questioned
`fact.' Before atomic physics, wasn't it a fact that matter was
solid, all the way through? Wasn't it a fact before 1800 or so that
blacks were inferior to whites? Aren't any number of current ideas
about what is real or not probably going to be overturned in the next
fifty years facts?

> > Are facts and fact judgements an integral
> > part of your mental landscape?
> I don't know, to tell the truth :)

Is that a fact?