Re: virus: Re: Social Metaphysics

Tim Rhodes (
Thu, 18 Sep 1997 10:33:15 -0700 (PDT)

On Wed, 17 Sep 1997, Tadeusz Niwinski wrote:

> Tim wrote:
> >On Tue, 16 Sep 1997, Tadeusz Niwinski wrote:
> >
> >[clip great life stories]
> >
> >> It's a scientifically proven fact that faith works wonders.
> >
> >I think the list-owner may find that statement a contradiction.
> So? What's your point?
> I give you data for my claim, you discard them as "great life stories" and
> call for help from the list-owner? Tim, get up and fight on your own!
> I know, in the world of mediocrity it is not good taste to have "great life
> stories". Why don't *you* cross your painted borderline, Tim. On my screen
> there are better things than cartoons.

My beloved Tad, that wasn't meant as an insult. If you took it that way I
am sorry, it is a failure of my communication skills. If you will be
patent with me I will work on improving them. No offense or dismissal was
meant. Just space saving for CoV memebers inboxes. Sorry you

> >I don't see any contradictions in my life from /my/ point of view.
> >Despite the fact I may act one way and speak another or flip from one
> >viewpoint to another and back again in the space of a minute.
> So basically A=A in your world, except you want others to believe that A is
> not A. Great strategy. Thanks for the quote. I will include it in my
> collection.

I don't want others to believe anything at all about "A". If I wanted to
convert people to an idea I'd pick something more worthwhile. I don't
think A=A or A#A is worth the time either way.

Understand this: when I said that we could start with A#A as an axiom and
build a working system within that framework, it was postulate, not a
statement of belief. I can entertain the possibility that things are other
than I believe they are in order to explore those ideas and see if they
yield fruit or if my beliefs need revision. And I often do just that.

If you are not used to that technique I can see how you may have gotten
sidetracked by your assumptions about my beliefs and misunderstood.
Again, the fault is mine for assuming you were aware of common technique
which, it would seem, you are not.

> >But then, I'm on Level-3 and have that flexibility. :-) What's your
> >crutch, Tad?
> I will pray for you, Tim.

Thanks! I need all the help I can get.

-Prof. Tim