Re: virus: Re: Memes and Jello

Lee Daniel Crocker (
Mon, 5 May 1997 18:27:35 -0700 (PDT)

> Lee Daniel Crocker wrote:
> >If one has a goal, and wishes to accomplish it, one must
> >commit to a model of the world in order to achieve your
> >goals within it.
> What if this model shows that models of the world can be
> changed at will?

The question is not whether models can be changed at will: that's
tautologically true. The question is how one can accompish goals
in the world /as it is/ without committing yourself to a model that
represents it, for at least as long as is necessary to interact
with the things the model describes. If the world /itself/ could
be changed at will, then your goal would be accomplished already:
poof, the sky is pink, job over. I don't know about you, but I've
never been able to do that, so I have to settle for using my mind
to determine what the world is actually like, by the best methods
I can find, and then interact with it through my own personal
commitment to my own knowledge. Of course, one of the commitments
I have made is to reason from experience and change my model when
my experience tells me that it is necessary--but only as necessary.
Your present model may be different--but you do still have one, and
you use it to interact with the world, or else you're catatonic.

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