Re: DS syndrome

From: Philip Jonkers (
Date: Thu 22 May 2003 - 15:47:08 GMT

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    >> 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.

    Yes, but being correct does help although it isn't a necessary condition as history has all to frequently demonstrated (Nazi Ideology, Cults, religious prosecutions, pseudoscience, etc...). What does stand out as a sufficient reason for propagation to me would be perception or assumption of correctness.


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