virus: MS Weapon

Reed Konsler (
Sat, 11 Oct 1997 17:56:57 -0400 (EDT)

>Date: Fri, 10 Oct 1997 21:37:55 -0600
>From: Nathaniel Hall <>

>> Well, that's a very interesting question Nate. Have you ever seen Magritte's
>> famous painting of a pipe upon which is written (in french) "this is not
>> a pipe"?

>I like his stuff, but I don't recall ever seeing that one. Are you making
>a play
>on the "this sentence is a lie!" paradox?

Well, it isn't a paradox, but the two concepts are related. Magritte was making
obvious that the paining was a "representation" of a pipe...but you can't smoke
with it, get it? The picture is not the object, the map is not the
territory, the
signifier is not the signifed and H2O is not what you drink.

>> My organic chemistry professor in college was very clear on this point
>What? That H20 is not a molecule? Maybe the political science department
>has taken
>over the chemistry dept. at your university then!

H2O is three characters.

>> He considered it the essential key to understanding all of chemistry, and all
>> of life.
>What "it" are you referring too?

Knowing the difference between the map and the territory...that H2O is not
water, but a "representation" of water.

>> I have found that understanding useful...certianly other people
>> claim I know a lot about chemistry. But your mileage may vary, right?
>I'm glad to see that you believe knowledge is possible. One less battle
>for me to

We probably have differing definitions of knowledge.

>Vampire: A creature who by his very nature is unable to see the light of day.

That's very good! ROFL!


Reed Konsler