Re: virus: Methods

Lee Daniel Crocker (
Tue, 22 Apr 1997 16:01:05 -0700 (PDT)

> >The behaviors I have in mind are: 1) the .sig file recently
> >used by Lee Daniel Crocker, stating that all ideas and whatnot
> >are placed in the public domain, and 2) a paragraph from Robin
> >Faichney, stating that a particular idea is property, and that
> >theft of said property would not be greeted with exclamations
> >of joy.
> >
> >Is it possible that this is an example of two different mind-sets?
> >Or are they running the same basic program, just with different
> >stimuli? If either of you would like to describe the thought patterns
> >you experienced just prior to and during the writing of these
> >statements, I would much appreciate it.

I don't think there's anything remarkable about the fact that two
people reach different conclusions about something. We were brought
up with different pedjudices, different life experiences, different
abilities. That doesn't mean the underlying mechanisms of thought
are different between us (although it might--especially if the two
people involved are of different genders). It just means that we
have had different inputs, processed them in the normal way, and
that I'm better at it. :)

Contentious philosophical and political issues like intellectual
property law are especially prone to disagreement, because the inputs
are unclear--even historical ones; there are hundreds of variables
in human behavior; and concepts like moral desert are not easy to test.

Lee Daniel Crocker <>  <>
"All inventions or works of authorship original to me, herein and past,
are placed irrevocably in the public domain, and may be used or modified
for any purpose, without permission, attribution, or notification."--LDC