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

Michael J. Moore (
Thu, 03 Jul 1997 10:02:10 -0700

John ''I Take Large Steps'' Williams wrote:

> -snip-
> >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
> other.[1]
> --- 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.

Are you saying that because the same body language can be
interpreted differently by different people that it is "defined"?

If so, then I think we need a definition for "defined".
How about a baby's cry, is that defined? I think we will find
that everybody interprets it the same way. There
is a lot we can communicate without definitions just because
we are pre-wired that way. But I suppose you could call
our pre-wiring part of being defined if you really wanted
to stretch the definition of what it means to be defined.
Trouble is, stretch it too far and it becomes meaningless.