Re: virus: Faith and Reason

Tim Rhodes (
Mon, 17 Nov 1997 23:01:26 -0800 (PST)

On Wed, 12 Nov 1997, David McFadzean wrote:

> Prof. Tim (and others) objected to what I was doing on the basis
> that people are prone to misinterpret my statement and get
> upset (which is true, they are for reasons I recently discussed,
> namely as a memetic defense mechanism). I don't think that
> is a good enough reason to make up a new word (I could be
> wrong). Then Tim used the fact that calling faith a sin
> pushed people's buttons as a reason to think that is the
> whole purpose of calling it a sin and I was being less than
> honest if I claimed otherwise.

Actual what I meant was closer to "sly" than "dishonest". A complement.

> That is simply untrue. I really believe that people can benefit by
> critical thinking (which is the antithesis of faith in my view) and
> pushing people's buttons is just a means to end (and good memetic
> engineering).

Is "pushing peoples buttons" a form of <critical analysis> or something

-Prof. Tim