Re: virus: (un)selfishness

Martz (
Fri, 25 Apr 1997 23:16:35 +0100

On Fri, 25 Apr 1997, Robin Faichney <> wrote:

<snip Dennett, self, Cartesian Theatre and dualism>

OK. We're back down to definitions again. I'm obviously using 'self' in
a looser manner to you. For the purposes of this discussion do a quick
mental search-and-replace and where I have said 'self' substitute 'the
biological entity under discussion'. Does that help?

>If you accept there's no real self, you can't consistently claim
>that a chain of causation could be traced back to it.

See above. 'Self-interest' becomes 'in the interest of the biological

>>It also tells us that reflection alone *cannot* reveal our motives to
>>us. It also requires examination from an outside source.
>No, it just tells us introspection is not entirely reliable.

???...That's what I just said.


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