RE: virus: Faith, Logic and Purpose

David McFadzean (
Fri, 14 Nov 1997 17:06:57 -0700

At 03:23 PM 11/14/97 -0800, Richard Brodie wrote:
>On Friday, November 14, 1997 9:22 AM, David McFadzean
>[] wrote:
>> Maybe you can tell
>> me how to defend myself against someone who has faith
>> that my beliefs are wrong.
>Same way you defend yourself against a man attacking you with a banana:
>shoot him.

Yes, well,... that isn't always possible.

>> People have actual, specific beliefs about such
>> matters as faith, skepticism, rationality and
>> evidence. You can't sweep them under a metaphysical
>> rug and hope it all goes away.
>Most people don't have any such beliefs, David. Most people are concerned
>with what people think of them, where their next meal/paycheck/blowjob is
>coming from, and the "issues" that are being fed to them on TV.

True, most people don't have conscious beliefs on such philosophical
matters, but they do have implicit beliefs (or implied beliefs like
Reed's implied author). And most people will immediately form a
conscious belief if you ask them a question on the subject.

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Church of Virus