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

Richard Brodie (
Thu, 10 Jul 1997 10:54:44 -0700

Wade wrote:

>You have to first show a valid example of these 'powers of the mind'.
>haven't. In fact, no-one has in recorded history. Myth, fable,
>and the tales of fervent believers are not, and have never been, valid

I don't know what "recorded history" you've been reading, but there are
plenty of books describing supernatural powers. Try the Bible,
Castaneda, or the Celestine Prophecy for starters.

You will say that those are unverified and unscientific. True. But you
believe what you consider verified and scientific simply because you
have faith in the mechanism that transmits that information to you. You
believe in the truthfulness of the scientists, editors, publishers who
form a web of agreement around what we call the scientific body of
knowledge in exactly the same way that a Christian believes in the
truthfulness of his own web of agreement.

Do you think there could be any truth, or anything useful, that slips
through that web?

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