RE: virus: unversials

Richard Brodie (
Sun, 12 Oct 1997 21:37:43 -0700

On Sunday, October 12, 1997 8:58 PM, Nathaniel Hall
[] wrote:
Why worry about terminology if "universals" are "mystical" . Nothing you or
I any anybody could define would ever describe anything which exists. Just
a bunch of floating abstractions attached to nothing. The very point of
having a "terminology" in the first place becomes pointless.(that is :
giving a word a meaning )
You're kind of cornered here, so I'm not surprised your arguments are
making less sense. If universals are not mystical, what real form do they
take? What is the real form of a water molecule? Do you think there are
little balls connected by little rods? All terminology is a bunch of
floating abstractions, but they aren't attached to nothing -- they float on
what is. They just can't ever describe it completely and accurately.
However, those floating abstractions self-organize onto a coherent system
that approximates or maps reality. Everyone has a different one. (Level-3
players have more than one; Level-1 players have
simple/incomplete/unempowering ones.)
And another thing: Why do you keep changing my name to "The Nametag" in my
suppose quotes. Everyone is now aware of your little manipulation , what's
the point in continuing to do it?

I never changed your name. Don't accuse people unless you are sure of your

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