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

Richard Brodie (
Sun, 3 Aug 1997 16:18:18 -0700

David McF wrote:

>For someone that advocates taking on other's perspectives in order
>to better understand them you sure seem stuck in your own. If you
>don't like my terminology, PLEASE feel free to supply your own.
>I've run out of synonyms for the act of behaving in accordance to

I believe the source of your frustration, and the reciprocal frustration
of those of us in the Church who are debating this issue with you, is
that you take as a given that instinctive behavior in animals and humans
is in accordance with reason.

To get around this, I invite you to believe for the next week that
instinct has nothing to do with reason, that it is chaotic behavior,
that "reason" is just a label we put on things and not a real thing.

Richard Brodie
Author, VIRUS OF THE MIND: The New Science of the Meme
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