RE: virus: MS Weapon

Richard Brodie (
Tue, 7 Oct 1997 11:50:20 -0700

On Tuesday, October 7, 1997 10:22 AM, David McFadzean
[] wrote:
> At 05:43 PM 10/6/97 -0700, Richard Brodie wrote:
> >Richard would answer that question by saying that patterns exist only in
> >the mind of the beholder. This is easily demonstrated by showing people
> >drawings that can be interpreted several ways (see Goedel Escher Bach).
> As a couple of people have already pointed out, the demonstration does
> nothing to refute the hypothesis. If you are wrong about this (and it
> appears that you are), then that would be a serious blow to so-called
> Level-3, and your philosophy in general.

One problem with the rational/skeptical mindset is that it's easy to get
sucked into "refuting hypotheses." I merely put forth a point of view.
Level 3 entertains conflicting points of view. Lately I've been putting
forth one that I think some memebers could benefit from, namely looking at
reality as though everything we can say about it is a semi-arbitrary label,
one possibility of an infinity. I don't have a philosophy. Philosophies are
a Level-2 thing. I'm wrong about everything. Nothing I say is the truth,
but I mean everything I say. Sorry if the confusion I caused doesn't allow
you to naturally and easily resolve itself into a major breakthrough in
consciousness, but looking back on it from a time in the future years from
now, and after having tasted the benefits of Level 3 for many years, do you
think it's possible for us to change and grow?

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