Re: DS syndrome

From: Scott Chase (
Date: Wed 21 May 2003 - 16:42:30 GMT

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    >From: "Wade T. Smith" <>
    >Subject: Re: DS syndrome
    >Date: Wed, 21 May 2003 07:30:35 -0400
    >On Wednesday, May 21, 2003, at 01:13 AM, Joe wrote:
    >>If a person dogmatically insists that 2 + 2 = 5, it is a duty of
    >>knowledgeable others, not a fault of theirs, to point out that they really
    >>4, lest the mathematically deficient believe and spread the fallacious
    >>meme. That's the way selection works.
    >As Richard would be wont to point out, the correctness of a thing in no way
    >determines its probability of selection or distribution.
    You are correct, but probably, in the present context, selected against.

    When a group has, in general, a predisposing bias in favor of an alluring concept, they will likely tend to select against criticism of this concept, regardless of the correctness of their cherished belief.

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