Re: virus: a tangent

Tim Rhodes (
Wed, 19 Mar 1997 23:54:11 -0800 (PST)

On Wed, 19 Mar 1997, Dan Plante wrote:

> >A fluid, chaotic, and unstable
> >system can support a greater degree of complexity than a static system.
> Possibly. But what does that have to do with the essence of the post?
> The wording and tone of your response seems to indicate an inordinate
> emotional investment in a particular aesthetic. This can have the effect
> of imposing value judgements inappropriately, which is a serious
> impediment to efficient communication.

"Inordinate?" Yes, perhaps. I find people with static mindsets tend to
be less dynamic and are seldom able to adapt to novel situations. Maybe
it was the choice of words "static" and "stable" that bothered me. I
don't see thought patterns such as Zen as "static" in any way, shape or
form. Quite the opposite, I think.

-Prof. Tim