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

David McFadzean (
Thu, 17 Jul 1997 12:04:26 -0600

At 08:39 AM 17/07/97 -0400, Wade T.Smith wrote:
>>It is reasonable for a plant to grow toward light.
>Well, it's automatic.

If you mean that the plant's phototaxic behavior is necessary
given its genetic makeup, then I agree (but that doesn't make
it unreasonable). If you mean that it is logically necessary for
plants to grow toward the light, then I don't agree. At some
point in the distant past no plants grew toward the light and
no doubt there are some species today that still rely on
external circumstances for sunlight.

>Is reason automatic? (That would be nice....)

It depends how it is implemented. Some systems (e.g. chess programs)
reason automatically. Others (notably humans) seem to have a choice,
at least for conscious reasoning if not intuition.

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Church of Virus