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On 20 Jan 2002, at 18:48, Philip Jonkers wrote:
> Interesting distinction but it should be mentioned
> that perception is tainted with personal biases and
> prior worldview. It may be that already at an early
> stage, perception, pathological memes creep in to
> those who have not a rational grasp of the world to
> begin with.
All this talk about 'rationality' is kind of old i think. I mean some
things might be just true like something standing in front of you or
a car which is coming towards you. Everyone sees it, it's there.
You're going to hit by it if you don't step away. But everything apart
from that, every interpretation whether scientology is evil, hitler was
good/bad for germany. Abortion discussions and so on. People say
that there is a rational viewpoint which says something is good or
bad. But it's just based on the personal/cultural standpoint. When
you're rational it's basically because your opinion fits into what is
currently culturally accepted to be true.
Same with Mr.Spock, in which way is he a 'logical' being? On what
is his logic based on? Without any sourrinding cultural value
system logic is nothing. For Spock science might be more
important than for Kirk. Kirk's logic is to get the chick on the new
planet, Spock's logic is to analyse the planetery atmosphere.
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