virus: Logic

Richard Brodie (
Mon, 6 Oct 1997 21:33:51 -0700

On Monday, October 6, 1997 4:37 PM, David McFadzean
[] wrote:
> parational (from Greek para- akin; Latin rationalis)
> adj. 1. agreeable or in accordance to reason, though
> not necessarily through an act of reasoning.
> So computers, animals, and other intentional agents
> behave in a parational manner if and only if they
> behave in such a way that it seems as if they are
> thinking in a logical manner.

Seems to who and who cares?

> How is using experience different than using logic?
> "If this situation is sufficiently like a previous
> situation then..."

Most people don't use, understand, or care about logic. People get certain
feelings when situations match up with their past. Those feelings guide
them to act, withdraw, rage, and so on.

Richard Brodie
Author, VIRUS OF THE MIND: The New Science of the Meme
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