RE: The Meaning of Life(tm) (was Re: virus: Religion)

David McFadzean (
Wed, 28 May 1997 10:38:17 -0600

At 10:00 AM 28/05/97 +0100, Robin Faichney wrote:
>Ain't university libraries wonderful!

Good point.

>>Why do you believe it purpose at the level of the individual?
>>Individuals are just collections of smaller systems.
>The concept of purpose *works* for individuals. See Dennett's
>Intentional Stance. *Everything* but certain subatomic particles
>is just a collection of smaller systems. Does that mean we
>should dump all principles but those of quantum mechanics?

Actually I'm reading Dennett now (Kinds of Minds) about the intentional
stance and he claims it works just as well for cells within an
organism. Eventually, the further down the complexity scale you go,
it make more sense to use the design stance, and then the physical
stance for non-living systems.

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Church of Virus