Re: virus: Re:Core beliefs

Marie L. Foster (
Wed, 24 Dec 1997 21:31:36 -0800

Tim, absoluetly... It seems to me that we will never reach a point where
immagination of humanity is abolished by *pure* reason. (If there is such a
thing.) If we disprove the existense of fairies, something more
contemporary will be created to take its place. This is neither good or
bad. It is just the way we are. This can be seen as a strength as well as
a weakness as most things are.

Myth is not something from the ancient world. We have myths today. Can we
ever purge ourselves of these ideas... I do not think so.


At 03:03 AM 12/24/97 -0800, you wrote:
>D.H.Rosdeitcher wrote:
>> To say that the supernatural exists only in minds, myths, and memes,
>> that the supernatural doesn't really exist, but only the concept or
>> meme-construct of it exists.
>Not so. You have defined "exists" narrowly so that it excludes
>meta-phenomena such as minds and memes. You seem to teeter on the edge
>between the Platonic view of existence, where only concepts exist, and the
>(shudder) Objectivist view that only the tangible has a "true" or "valid"
>Do Romeo and Juliet exist? I dare say they have made a greater impact a
>greater number of people than either you or I ever will.
>Which makes me wonder. If we say that the supernatural exists only in
>myths, minds and memes, are we not at the same time recognizing that this
>"supernatural" is an emergant property generated from the natural world?
>Or purhaps, from the Three M's themselves?
>If we were to use chemical bonding as our criteria for existence, would a
>gene, per se, exist?
>-Prof. Tim

Marie L. Foster