Re: virus: Sham(an) again

David McFadzean (
Tue, 16 Sep 1997 10:52:18 -0600

At 03:22 PM 9/15/97 -0600, Robin posing as David McFadzean wrote:
>>I'm willing to accept your definition, but then you have to admit
>>that magic is not supernatural and therefore comes under the domain
>>of science.
>Arrgh!! What's not supernatural comes under science?
>What about the arts, humanities, etc? Or to get back to
>first principles: how does science deal with subjectivity?

If I suggested that it is possible to analyze a symphony,
is that the same thing as saying it is impossible to
enjoy a symphony? I don't think so.

>Or on another tack: an extremely large and important part
>of human acivity is just the reverse of science: instead of
>operating out of theory, it works on the suck-it-and-see
>principle of evolution. (There's a proper name for that,
>which you can find on the Principia Cybernetica site if
>you're so inclined.) But there's not much of the
>supernatural in suck-it-and-see, is there?

Suck-it-and-see sounds like an experiment.

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Church of Virus