RE: virus: I have returned

Richard Brodie (
Tue, 7 Oct 1997 22:59:20 -0700

On Tuesday, October 7, 1997 10:43 PM, Nathaniel Hall
[] wrote:
> Ultimately it is ones philosophy of life , explicit or implicit ,which
> one's choices. Which is why philosophy is the most important subject a
> can learn!The Nametag

What is your scientific evidence for this assertion? Do you have a study
showing a correlation between amount of philosophy studied and ANYTHING?

And what is an "implicit" philosophy of life? Do you see how you could
substitute any other noun phrase for "philosophy of life" and have an
equally valid assertion?

"Ultimately it is one's belief in God, explicit or implicit, that guides
one's choices."
"Ultimately it is one's influence of the planets, explicit or implicit,
that guides one's choices."

When you use the word "implicit," you are creating something where nothing
exists. "Implicit" is a subjective adjective. The implication is inferred
by the observer and nowhere else, otherwise it would be "inherent." And if
you're saying that everyone has an inherent philosophy of life, I claim
that you are being as mystical as those who say everyone has an inherent
divine spirit guiding them.

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