RE: virus: MS Weapon

Richard Brodie (
Sun, 12 Oct 1997 15:54:08 -0700

On Saturday, October 11, 1997 6:26 PM, Nathaniel Hall
[] wrote:
> Others may not understand the symbols used but they do represent
something real even if
> only one person understands them. Your argument does not challenge the
basic point I'm
> trying to make: that universals exist in reality and are not just
abstractions of the
> mindThe Nametag.

I've always found this a curious inconsistency in Rand's philosophy, the
postulating of mystical "universals" that aren't part of reality, but are
abstract ideals somehow attached metaphysically to reality, there to be
discovered by inquiring minds. I think it's a more powerful position to put
ourselves in charge of terminology.

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