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

Richard Brodie (
Sun, 3 Aug 1997 16:21:21 -0700

Wade wrote:

>> 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?
>'in exactly the same way'?
>I don't think so....

Why don't you think so? What specifically is different about your
process from that of a fundamentalist? I think you simply have different
axioms. Woody Allen puts it exquisitely in one of his films (Crimes and
Misdemeanors?) when a man is asked if it came down to a choice between
truth and God, who would win? He replied, God, every time.

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