Re: FW: MD Dawkins on quantum/mysticism convergence

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    >From: "Grant Callaghan" <>
    >Subject: Re: FW: MD Dawkins on quantum/mysticism convergence
    >Date: Sun, 17 Mar 2002 11:47:12 -0800
    >>Since we cannot be certain of anything and our Western scientistic
    >>worldview crumbles at the subatomic level, whatever subjectivist mumbo
    >>I happen to spout is just as valid as whatever objectivist mumbo-jumbo you
    >>spout off. We are just two subjective ships passing along a sea of quantum
    >>uncertainty. My whims are as valid as your hard won knowledge.
    >>Does this help?
    >I'm not sure what it helps, but until we can agree with any certainty on
    >what the words we are using refer to, it pretty much states the case. A
    >of the confusion can be cleared up by looking at what the writer is trying
    >to do with his words. As Wade pointed out, the man who is using his words
    >to sell snake oil does not use them to mean the same thing as the man who
    >using the same words to add to the world's body of knowledge. Meaning is
    >tied to context and intent. Words in isolation have no meaning.
    I've been thinking about ways of capitalizing (that unknown ideal) upon the
    "quantum" adjective and all its subtle associations. Howze about a new chain
    of fast-food restaurants called the "Quantum Leap...a discreet place to eat"
    specializing in Heisen-burgers a menu option where you cannot simultanously
    be certain of both the burger toppings (lettuce, tomato, special sauce...)
    AND the specific side order (fries, onion rings, corn fritters...). It's
    probably been one already, but if not...

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