RE: virus: The One or the Many? (was: META)

Brett Lane Robertson (
Mon, 03 Nov 1997 13:39:10 -0500

No. If you have faith that you're right, you're not
opening to learning more. (Robin)


Quite the contrary, the joy of discovery is the reward one has when one's
faith in an outcome is confirmed (or perhaps when one's doubt is
overcome...but I think that even in "general" terms faith is in conflict
with doubt and that faith is the preferable choice between the two).

As to how one "knows" if one is right (if one uses an idealistic
argument)...logic and reason--as opposed to external confirmation as in the
case of doubting oneself...and doubting *onself* is what we are talking
about, or what YOU are talking about if you say that a person entertains
doubt so that he is humble and so that he must seek external confirmation
(and the external can neither confirm nor negate "self"...If 2 out of 3
doctors say so, does that make it right either?)

I think you are talking about the human quality of "deference". Yes, we
should defer what it is we don't know. And no, we should not have faith in
something which is not certain. But we should--on the other hand--only
doubt that which is not true..."doubt" is therefore a word which describes
only un-truth; and we should doubt doubt.



I'm all for computer dating, but I wouldn't want one to
marry my sister.