virus: Re: virus-digest V2 #306

Reed Konsler (
Wed, 19 Nov 1997 06:44:32 +0100

>>>I would like to hear more about how truth is an "inevitable outcome"
>>For the defintion of truth I was trying to find something other than "fact"
>>or "reality" etc. Like I said, you are welcome to change that defintion.
>Do you mean it is an inevitable outcome of an inquiry into implied reality?

Kind of. I meant the definition to be more encompasing. A truth can
be a kind of event or transition which is inevitable, like the truth of
or an inevitable condition of existence, like the truth of incomplete and
ambigious ontology. You might also think of it as an inevitably recurring
pattern like evolution by selection. These are the kinds of "truths" which
are neither facts (it is true that a dollar is currently worth about 125 yen)
or axioms ("we hold these truths to be self-evident...") but gestalt intuitions
about the structure of conscious reality.

In a sense, then, you can think of that as "an inevitable outcome of an inquiry"
with the understanding that the inquiry is an introspective one more than an
experimental one.

This is simply an attempt to give a word to a principle that I think many
people implictly evoke when they speak of truth that is not defined by
human desires and morals (goods) or systems of knowledge (logics).


Reed Konsler