RE: virus: MS Flip Software Price

Robin Faichney (
Mon, 6 Oct 1997 19:44:01 +0100

> From: David McFadzean[]
> At 10:01 AM 10/6/97 +0100, Robin Faichney wrote:
> >As author of the Professional Version, I'd really like to
> >know, Tad: do you disagree that logic is just a tool, and
> >you have to use other means to determine what to try
> >to do with it?
> Isn't logic a perfectly suitable tool to determine when
> to use logic? Other tools (such as intuition) are only
> good for the same purpose so long as they give the same
> answers that logic would have given in the same circumstances,
> right?
But there are questions that logic can't answer.
What I have in mind here is (I think) what you
already agreed with: what do you want to do?
Logic may help you achieve a goal, but it's no
good for setting goals, except for those that
are merely a means to some greater end,
and therefore not really goals at all.

There are also other tools, that work in ways
that logic cannot. A very obvious example is
where your goal is a simple physical thing,
like raising a cup to your lips. Using your
hand and arm, without any thought
whatsoever, is indisputably the best way to
achieve such a goal. Similarly, if you want
someone to like you, simply behaving as if
you like them is almost guaranteed to get
better results than any scheme you could
come up with using logic.

As to when logic should be used, I think
experience is probably the best general
guide, because only that can tell you
when such short cuts as physical and
social skills are likely to be much more
efficient than any use of logic.