Re: Genes are Memes

From: Robin Faichney (
Date: Thu Oct 11 2001 - 12:40:50 BST

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    On Tue, Oct 09, 2001 at 09:29:38PM +0000, salice wrote:
    > > > Well what is reality to you then? (Hope this does not lead to some
    > > > philosophical discussion)
    > > I hope you're joking.
    > Sorry, but i can't imagine a reality which is not imagined.
    > Poor stupid Salice.

    "Poor", yes, because that's an unfortunatel state to be in. "Stupid",
    no, because you have to quite intelligent to get yourself into that state,
    or at least fairly good at abstract conceptualisation.

    It's bog-standard, run-of-the-mill subjectivism, also known as philosophical
    idealism, resulting from scepticism with regard to reality. There is no
    refutation of it -- what most effectively counters it is good old-fashioned
    pragmatism: for the sake of our survival, we need to behave as if reality
    really exists, so we might as well believe in it.

    "The distinction between mind and matter is in the mind, not in matter."
    Robin Faichney -- inside information --

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