RE: virus: Logic

David McFadzean (
Wed, 08 Oct 1997 11:55:54 -0600

At 11:37 AM 10/7/97 -0700, Richard Brodie wrote:

>You are collapsing (at least) two concepts in your effort to believe that
>rationality and logic are the answer to all the questions of philosophy. In
>the first place, animal behavior is largely hardwired as the result of
>evolution in an ancestral environment. That behavior, most biologists
>agree, is "designed" to replicate genes stored in DNA in cell nuclei. If it
>looks "logical" to you that is solely an anthropomorphism, because I
>challenge you to find a cat that can beat you on an IQ test. It is possible
>that certain higher animals may be said to have some logical capacity, such
>as chimps figuring out how to use a tool to get food, but that's a far cry
>from "all animal behavior emulates logical thinking." In fact, you could
>say that the reason humans have technology and animals don't is that we
>alone possess the capacity for logical thinking.

Don't be so Level-2, Richard. Try flipping into my meme-space and you will
see what I mean. The view is wonderful from here.

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Church of Virus