RE: Knowledge, Memes and Sensory Perception

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    > >Keith Henson
    > >
    >The Church of Virus is indeed attempting to memetically engineer a religion
    >that paradoxically values logic, rationality, the scientific method and
    >provisional evidence-grounded knowledge over blind faith and dogmatic
    >belief. Their 'patron saint' is Charles Darwin.
    > >

    I thought for a moment you were going to say the patron sait's name was L.
    Ron Hubbard. ;-)>

    How about as a guiding theme: The means you use shape the ends you get.

    If, for example, you believe in "a life for a life, an eye for an eye, and a
    tooth for a tooth," what you get is a country full of graves and the living
    are mostly eyeless and toothless. If you believe that the only logical
    transaction between two parties is one that produces a win-win result for
    both, you will have a society based on nonzero game playing.

    Of the four possible outcomes of a transaction: I win, you win; I win, you
    lose; I lose, you win, and I lose, you lose, only the first is logically
    worth pursuing. Most of the bad things people do to each other are based on
    the other three.


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