RE: virus: Re: Social Metaphysics

David McFadzean (
Mon, 29 Sep 1997 16:10:11 -0600

At 10:16 PM 9/28/97 -0700, Tim Rhodes wrote:

>I don't follow. Could you provide a theoretical example of what such a
>true but contradictory isosemantic statement might look like?

OK, let's say for the sake of argument that we live in a world that
is an ongoing creation of an all-powerful, all-knowing god. In this world,
reality has no physical basis, it just appears that way because this god
makes it so. Now say two people are arguing over the existence of angels,
one says they exist and one says they don't (except in fiction and the
imagination, ie. <angels> exist but not real angels). Since the world
and everything in it are this god's creation, he can make it so that
angels actually exist for one person, and do not exist for the other.
So the statement and its negation are both true and both false in this
world, even though "angel" and "exist" are unambiguous.

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Church of Virus