Re: Logic

From: Philip Jonkers (
Date: Mon Jul 23 2001 - 12:35:06 BST

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    > About logic, I would add that the 'logic' meme has mostly been enforced
    > by
    > cartesian western civilisation, but it is not absolutely world-wide. I
    > was
    > listening to the radio today, and a guy was reporting precisely about
    > non-logical things he had witnessed in Africa, South America and Asia.
    > For
    > example, he told about a village in Africa where people had suffered
    > from
    > sickness, deaths, cattle diseases, famine, and so forth. They had come
    > to
    > the conclusion that someone in the village had used black magic to
    > curse
    > them. But nobody would dare to inquire or turn his neighbor in, for fear
    > of
    > retaliations. So they asked the 'feticheur'. He had all villagers gather
    > in
    > a big circle, and with his machette, he cut a chicken's head. The
    > chicken
    > managed to walk a few metres without it's head, and fell dead at the
    > feet of
    > an old man. The feticheur did it one more time, and the second
    > beheaded
    > chicken picked the same man again. He screamed and confessed : He had
    > done
    > the deed. All trouble in the village stopped. This is not logic. But
    > it
    > worked for those people, so the meme passed on that european logic
    > should be
    > resisted because it does not help solve problems.

    Hi Pascal, superstitious memes still hold sway in primitive
    communities. Superstition, such as religions, constantly
    clash with logic. In a sense, logic and superstition are
    mutual exclusive: it's either logic or superstition not
    some superposistion. That's why creationists make such fools
    out of them.

    Au revoir,


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