Re: virus: Re:Core beliefs

David McFadzean (
Tue, 23 Dec 1997 14:54:40 -0700

At 04:42 PM 12/23/97 -0500, Wade T.Smith wrote:
>> Lately I've been thinking of defining existence
>>as a pattern that is instantiated in matter and/or energy, i.e. information
>>manifested. Does that resonate with anyone else's intuitions?
>Occam taps on my shoulder and says- 'Tell David he's multiplying
>entities.' Of what use is intuition, for that matter, in matters of

None, but intuition is an important criterion for judging which
definitions are better than others.

>If we can find it, it exists. If we can think about it, it is an idea. We
>can then wax semantic and say that ideas exist because we do, and that's
>as far as I go.

Robin would be pleased that you are tying existence to knowledge. :)

>The fact that the supernatural is actually quite a massive restructuring
>job on the universe does not seem to phase too many people. Then again,
>they have no ideas, either.

Have you ever been frightened by a ghost story or horror movie? If so,
your physical reaction indicates that you must have believed it at some
level. (Yes, I'm playing DA here :)

>The CoV should dare to call things by their real names, and beliefs be

As if things have True Names.

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Church of Virus