Re: virus: Reason and Intuition (was: Belief and Knowledge)

David McFadzean (
Wed, 16 Jul 1997 12:50:32 -0600

At 09:43 AM 16/07/97 -0700, Tim Rhodes wrote:

>One small point: Reason and reasonable are to different things. If a
>decision is reasonable it only means that it /is able to be/ derived by
>reason, not that it necessarily was. Reasonable decisions do not, of
>themselves, imply the presence of reason.

Agreed. It is reasonable for a plant to grow toward light. But I think
animals are doing something more like reasoning when they choose to back
down in a fight over territory rather than risk getting killed, and
similar decisions. I'm not suggesting that they reason like humans
("if I don't run away now I'm going to get hurt"), but there is some
kind of pattern recognition and rule following going on in their
nervous systems.

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Church of Virus