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

Richard Brodie (
Sun, 10 Aug 1997 23:16:54 -0700

Wade wrote:

> I merely disagreed with the _method_ for 'believing' these things. I do
> not take anything on faith. I am philosophically a skeptic. I do not
> accept things the way a fundie does. The fundie does not question, and
> that is what is specifically different.

I know two fundies and one more devout Christian, they are all among the
most questioning people I know. C.S. Lewis, one of the most famous writers
on Christianity, and M. Scott Peck, one of the most read, were both
excruciatingly questioning before they CONVERTED to Christianity.

It is possible to choose a set of axioms within which to operate in your
level-2 mode. Have you chosen yours, or just taken the ones that were
thrown at you?

Exercise: although you are an ever-questioning skeptic, what axioms,
presuppositions, unconscious beliefs do you have that you NEVER question?

> And I would choose truth. It's more real.

^^^ hint hint hint ^^^

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