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

Tim Rhodes (
Tue, 8 Jul 1997 09:50:16 -0700 (PDT)

On Mon, 7 Jul 1997, Keith Holmes wrote:

> There are many methods of inducing certain pleasing states (emotional,
> psychological, whatever) in ourselves, music most certainly included. Are
> you suggesting that the Tibetans are creating a doorway into another
> dimension, i.e., some type of spiritual or supernatural experience which
> cannot be accounted for physically and not explained by a knowledge of our
> own bodies, nervous system, brains, etc.?

No. But "accounting for" and "understanding" are to different fields. I
know several art historians that can describe a painting marvelously, but
that can't paint worth a damn.

> If so, put me on the incredulous list also. If not, please help me
> understand why you are referring to this as "mastering the non-physical
> world."

The "mastering the non-physical world" quote that some people have such
trouble with came from the program to a performance event, they are not my
words or the terms I would use.

But to illustrate the point, are memes a part of the physical world?
(this isn't as easy a question to answer as you may think)

-Prof. Tim