Re: virus: The Discipline of Translation

Michael J. Moore (
Tue, 01 Jul 1997 12:39:25 -0700

David McFadzean wrote:

> > From: John Williams <>
> > Date: Tuesday, July 01, 1997 3:52 AM
> >
> > I think I can see your point there, if by "factual" statements you
> mean
> > statements that are presented as fact -- not as opinion -- and *not*
> > statements that *are* factual, as in 2+2=4, Joe came in first, the
> price
> > of tea in china is...
> I mean statements that may or may not be true like "Santa Claus lives
> at the north pole" or "Marilyn Monroe was murdered". It is not at all
> clear that value judgements like "NIN rules"

"NIN rules" may function like a bird call that invites other'birds of a
feather' and wards off dis-similar species.

> and normative statements
> like "the government should be abolished"

I don't understand how this is a 'normative' statement. It does not
seemto be making a statement about what is normal.

> can be true in the same sense
> that factual statements about the world can be true.
> --
> David McFadzean
> Memetic Engineer
> Church of Virus