Re: virus: Re: Social Metaphysics

Brett Lane Robertson (
Tue, 30 Sep 1997 15:24:25 -0500

At 10:44 AM 9/30/97 -0700, you wrote:
>On Mon, 29 Sep 1997, David McFadzean wrote:
>> >How's `bout: Implied-Objective Reality?
>> Too cumbersome? How about physical reality?
>Works for me.
>-Prof. Tim
Seems you two have been talking about a *rationalistic* "physical reality".
Three contrasts from that perspective are shown on . What changes in the outcome of
the definition of meme (That is what this is leading toward, isn't it? A
basic foundation from which two or more might come to a definition of meme
based on some common understandings of terms?)...what definitional changes
would you expect from a "rational mental" perspective, or an "irrational
physical" perspective or an "irrational mental perspective" (these are shown
graphically on the web page mentioned)? I think the definitions would be
the same if arrived at from any of the above and that the process of finding
a common ground was--more to the point--a process of coming to understand
*different* groundings.

Further, since it seems that the two of you are now ready to tackle the task
at hand (whatever that is) using the same perspective; I suggest that you
use the term "rational physical" for the perspective chosen and simply
"reality" for the term which is being defined--as the definition of the term
should remain constant regardless of the perspective chosen (that is,
"reality" is not affected by the perspective used to define it).


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us. "He is full of murderous resentment of people who are
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