RE: virus: Parables
Fri, 1 Nov 1996 08:57:31 -0600 (CST)

On Thu, 31 Oct 1996, David McFadzean wrote:

> At 07:04 PM 30/10/96 -0800, Richard Brodie wrote:
> >David McF wrote:
> >
> >>I guess the question I have is when is a less accurate belief more
> >>useful than a more accurate one?
> >
> >Great question! One example I use in my book Getting Past OK is the
> >coach's pep talk to his football team. Telling them they have a good
> >chance of winning can increase the likelihood of them winning. Studies
> >have been done showing that such self-fulfilling prophecies do have a
> >noticeable effect.
> I thought of another biggie: When at war it is very useful to believe
> the enemy is inhuman or at least subhuman. Because if they aren't,
> and we are killing multitudes of them in very unpleasant ways, what
> does that make us?

Wanting to be defeated/destroyed.

/ Towards the conversion of data into information....
/ Kenneth Boyd