Re: virus: Logic

David McFadzean (
Tue, 07 Oct 1997 11:30:53 -0600

At 09:33 PM 10/6/97 -0700, Richard Brodie wrote:

>> 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?

'Seems to who' is a good question, worth pursuing.
Who cares? Anyone who cares to understand the world
and create the future.

>> 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.

You are confusing logic with formal logic, which I concede is mostly
my fault for not being clear in the past. People do use, understand
and care about logic whenever they use or think with "if", "or", "not"
and "and". Even when they act on instinct or emotion, they are using
logic on another level, what I term "parational". Their instincts and
emotions evolved in they way that they have precisely because they
emulate logical thinking.

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Church of Virus