Re: virus: "the self"

David McFadzean (
Sun, 27 Apr 1997 12:15:11 -0600

> From: Mark Hornberger <>
> Date: Saturday, April 26, 1997 6:17 AM

> Did you ever think that you're over-analyzing it? Language is at best an
> imperfect and imprecise tool we use to describe what we see (or think we
> see) around us - the term "I" is no exception, but I think it does it's job
> passably well. It is just a pronoun used to denote the person speaking -
> to let us know you are speaking of you, rather than me or that guy over
> there. It is language, nothing more.

No, language is not merely descriptive, it is also generative. Language
has causal powers, it affects objective reality. The term "I" literally
creates "the self". "I" means "the self" in the sense that the effect
of "I" is "the self".

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Church of Virus