Re: Words and memes: criteria for acceptance of new belief or meme

From: Wade T.Smith (
Date: Mon Feb 18 2002 - 23:35:58 GMT

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    On Monday, February 18, 2002, at 04:50 , Francesca S. Alcorn wrote:

    > There is a line of thought that says that magical thinking/emotional
    > thinking is a sort of short-hand for combining emotional needs with
    > reality

    A line I've always liked. It's kind of empirical....

    > But I assure you, to the people in my village, a witch doctor and a
    > shaman were two very distinct people. One was a hitman, the other a
    > doctor.

    Yup, good witch, bad witch. Depends on who bribed the constable first.
    Reputation. Favors. Influence. Not efficacy.

    > You draw a line (empiricism) which lumps them together.

    The line I draw is evidence. Neither has any.

    - Wade

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