Re: virus: Belief and Knowledge (was: The truth about faith)

John ''I Take Large Steps'' Williams (
Wed, 02 Jul 1997 21:52:09 -0400

At 01:02 PM 7/2/97 -0600, you wrote:
>>To adhere closely to its principles therefore means you
>>will very often fail to understand people.
>No, it is a mistake to think that logic can only be
>applied to things that are logical.

I'm going to resist posting an argument right now; can you expound on this
statement? How and when can logic be applied to non-logical spheres?

>>I don't think that focussing on definitions is a very
>>reliable way...

>Definitions are absolutely essential to communication
>and (as abstractions) understanding.

I have to agree with you on this, whole-heartedly. People think things are
"just semantics." But semantics are the only way that we can relate to each

--- John

[1] This includes hand gestures, body-language, etc: a "semantics" -- if
you will -- of non-spoken language. We're all aware that similar gestures
have wildly different connotations in different languages.

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