Re: virus: God and Level-3

Tony Hindle (
Sat, 29 Mar 1997 02:25:31 +0000

David McFadzean writes
>When is
>it better to believe something that isn't true?
Never was my knee jerk anwser but I do have one example
that at the moment seems to me to be in the grey area here.
Sometimes one needs to believe one will achieve a goal in
order to increase one's chance of achieving it.
Suppose we consider 100 such goals (including some
impossible goals). If person A never attemps self delusion they
will achieve say 50 of the goals. Person B who succeeds in
believing that they will achieve all 100, goes on to achieve 60.
Doesnt person B presents an example of occaisions when it
is better to believe something that isnt true? If not why not?

Tony Hindle.
Memetics is the science of art