Re: virus: MAIDS: YOU should not use the word IS

Kirt A. Dankmyer -- aka Loki (
Tue, 23 Sep 1997 16:30:02 -0400

>> Good scientific approach, Eva. It prompts me to formulate a hypothesis (or
>> a PCR falsifiable statement): E-Prime is designed to weaken our confidence
>> in our basic tool for survival: our mind. It undermines our sense of
>> reality and existence. If anything only "appears to be" rather than "is"
>> than of course we are helpless and vulnerable to the MAIDS virus.
>Intersting hypothesis. What experiments do you propose to prove or
>disprove it?

Hmmmm, let me take a stab at this, by trying to provide counterevidence to
Tad's claim. Take the statement:

"God is love."

It seems that such a statement, which uses "is", is more conductive to
MAIDS than, say...

Hmmmm. I'm stalling here. What's the E-Prime version of "God is love," as
is usual meant by most Christian ministers? "God loves everyone and
everything," perhaps. Certainly the latter statment, which has less of a
sort of "slogan value", would seem to be more open to doubt, and therefore
makes it lodging as part of a MAIDS meme-complex less likely.
-Loki, bracing himself for Tad's response, not wanting to dance

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