RE: virus: TT
Sat, 2 Nov 1996 10:49:17 -0600 (CST)

On Fri, 1 Nov 1996, Hakeeb A. Nandalal wrote:

> Vicki Rosenzweig wrote :-
> > The truth is something which exists independently from us. The whole
> > evolution is based on it. The more "truth" you know (even if you are just
> > a tiny cell) the better your chances for survival.
> Oddly enough, I've always thought that the truth was something which
only concerned us i.e. humans. No humans =
> No truth. Animals have no need for it, in fact while I'm spending a
few minutes thinking about the truth, some
> nocturnal predator is looking for food which would ensure its
survival. Therefore contemplating the truth is a
> human luxury because I just had a can of soup.

Certainly animals don't need the mental abstraction we use to represent
'the truth'. This isn't the same as 'the truth'.

The above predator, however, rather desperately needs the truth about
where possible food is, or it starves! Thus, while it has no need for
our abstraction of 'the truth', it needs a particular variant of it in a
very extreme fashion.


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