Re: virus: Axioms versus falsification of theories

David McFadzean (
Fri, 19 Sep 1997 10:42:57 -0600

At 04:05 AM 9/19/97 -0500, Eric Boyd wrote:

>But really, despite coming across here as in favour of the
>falsificationist standpoint, what Iím really a user of both.
>Engineering, really, is about using the theories of science *like*
>axioms, and building machines from what they tell us. Since I canít do
>everything, I have to trust the body of knowledge coming in from
>"authority": my Profs. Sure, our classes have "labs", but we donít get
>the chance to *verify* everything we learn, let alone try to falsify
>it. I have to believe; I have to stand on othersí shoulders, who
>themselves stood on othersí shoulders, ad nausium. "Faith" may be a
>cardinal Virus sin, but itís necessary.

Are you sure you are using "faith" in the same sense as the Virus sin?
Do you really believe scientific statements more than the evidence
would dictate?

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Church of Virus