Re: virus: Re: Social Metaphysics

Tadeusz Niwinski (
Sun, 14 Sep 1997 17:29:55 -0700

David R wrote:
>The Objectivist way of "validating" knowledge makes a clear example of how
>people tend to look to an authority for certainty. In this case the
>authority is "the senses".

Yes, Objectivists make the senses an authority (in a sesnse). I think the
bottom line is our senses, as there is no other way to get inside of us.

>In Popper's system, which makes the most sense
>to me right now,

Shall I claim that post-Objectivists use Popper as authority ?

>is that you don't use anything to justify what you think,
>including the senses, since the senses do not always give reliable

Using nothing to justify your thinking, if I understand you correctly, is to
form ideas like "green rock girl as you 123 twenty"

>Instead you disprove a theory by trying to knock it down by
>criticizing or testing.

How can you disprove the above idea of mine?

>This epistemology, which seems to be the most
>useful, and is very stimulating, is not the same thing as believing that
>what other's say matters more than your own judgement, since you are
>evaluating arguments and results of tests.

Can you give examples of this useful and stimulating method using some cases
from history?

Regards, Tadeusz (Tad) Niwinski from planet TeTa (604) 985-4159