RE: virus: Logic and Level-3 together at last

Richard Brodie (
Mon, 10 Nov 1997 17:13:04 -0800

On Saturday, October 25, 1997 12:22 PM, David McFadzean
[] wrote:
> Sorry, but the truth of the argument is an absolutely necessary component
> of its beauty. If truth was just another dimension of beauty, then a lack
> of truth would make an argument merely superficial. But truth is more
> a direction than a dimension, a false argument can be really hideous.
> Imagine, for instance, if Darwin had turned his considerable talents to
> proving that some races are inferior to others by making up
> to support his thesis.

OK, I get it. You can have "truth" as a core need. But just this once and
don't tell your friends.

> Your repeated claims that truth is overrated makes me very suspicious
> of everything you say. Can you blame me? For example...

David, you should be very suspicious of everything everyone says.

> >David, please understand I'm not interested in putting you down at all.
> >like you. I hope you know that. The purpose of my conversation with you
> >to help you along your path... YOUR path.
> Thanks, but that would mean a lot more if I had any reason to believe
> you were telling the truth here.

This is an excellent example of how truth is not the be-all and end-all. My
statement was an expression of our personal relationship. There's very
little opportunity for "truth" in analyzing such a thing. But how do you
feel about me? How do you think I feel about you? Do you think for one
moment I'm not a member of the David McFadzean Fan Club?

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