virus: Companions

Reed Konsler (
Thu, 24 Jul 1997 10:49:48 -0400 (EDT)

>Date: Wed, 23 Jul 1997 16:45:42 -0500
>From: Eric Boyd <>
>Reed Konsler wrote:
>> >50% of the population is of below average intelligence.
>> Define "intelligence" without arbitrary external standards.
>All I was pointing out was that no matter what meme you stick on the end
>of it, 50% of the population will be "below average". Just the nature
>of the mathematics involved.
>i.e. Define "intelligence" however you want to; 50% of the population
>will still be below average.

Are you asserting that there is no alternative system of understanding?
How do you measure wisdom? happiness? enlightenment?
Who has more Zen than you? What kind of nothing is bigger than zero?

In order to define the world according to Cartasian axes you first have to
pound a stake into the fabric of existence and call it "the origin".

X marks the spot.

>> Life is not only about changing the environment, it is also about changing
>> perspective. The funny thing is, if you believe in Karma, the two are
>> eternally linked.
>Nice. The effect you have on the world and the effect the world has on
>you are related by Karma.

Go further. Where do you draw the line between "I" and "the world"?
Marshall McLuhan describes in detail the traumatic effects of supporting
such a false dichotomy in the electronic age. One of his famous quotes is:

"Media are the extensions of Man"

Use the broadest definition of media you can contemplate. McLuhan used
to say "Electric light is pure information." to describe what he meant by
"media". Dawkins approahes the same image in the concept of "The
Extended Phenotype".

Where are you when you are here?


Reed Konsler