Re: virus: re: truth, science, and the American way

bolin aaron ulysses (
Mon, 31 Mar 1997 20:10:17 -0600 (CST)

On Mon, 31 Mar 1997, sean laraway wrote:

> sounds good, i would be interested to see your sources.

Most psychological research can be interpreted in the way I suggest,
but a specific one that speaks directly to the issue:

Macneil and Sherif (1976) Norm change over subject generations as a
function of arbitrariness of prescribed norms, Journal of Personality and
Social Psychoogy, 34(5), 762+

Others can be found in the references section of the above paper.

> i didn't really get how this followed from your previous paragraph. if you
> could change my individual tendencies "at will" then i think that you would
> have what most people would call science or technology. if you can reliably
> reproduce a phenomenon, then you have something that is, or leads to, what
> we call science.

I think (but don't remeber) that what I was saying is that whoever has
the power (scientific power or other) determines what reality is for most
everyone else.

A very thoughtful post sean, I guess my ideas aren't as clearly worked
out as I would like to think (you have changed my individual tendency
ever so slightly). I would like to hear more of hullian psychology--its
a new term to me.