RE: virus: Re: Social Metaphysics

David McFadzean (
Sat, 04 Oct 1997 16:07:00 -0600

At 02:32 PM 10/4/97 -0700, Tim Rhodes wrote:

>Just about every acting, dance, painting, poetry or sculpure teacher I
>ever had said more or less that (though never in those words). "Get the

Last time I checked we were talking about ontology and epistemology.

>technique first, then you can apply theory to it," was the way they
>usually introduced the concept.

I don't think that says the same thing.

>> To be honest, I think that is absolutely true. If I could
>> get rid of my rationality I could indeed believe anything and everything.
>If you would believe "anything and everything" without having your
><rationality> then you have a much weaker internal structure than I have
>given you credit for, David.

Why do you say that?

> I'm sorry I asked you to give it up--it was
>like asking a child to go to sleep without its favorite teddy bear.
>Nothing less than cruel on my part!

Ah yes, rationality is just a teddy bear. Very clever. :)

>> But I have to ask, is that really what I should want?
>I hate "should"s. What you "should" do or want or need or fear or hate or
>love are buy or sell your business. Why "should" I, or anyone else, give
>up on "faith"(generally) either?

Because that is a provably poor strategy for playing The Game. Actually,
since you've cast yourself as an opponent, please do use "faith" exclusively.
Yeah, that's the ticket.. :)

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Church of Virus