Re: virus: accurate statements vs The Absolute Truth (was KMO

Thu, 07 Nov 1996 12:40:24 -0800

Jason McVean wrote:

> I think I have been guilty of being somewhat of a moving target.
> See below.

> I think I regret saying that Absolute Truth and Objective reality
> are the same thing. What I was meaning was precisely what you
> said above: "Objective Reality defines what is true". I also said
> that "Absolute Truth defines what is true". That is the sense
> that I was intending when I said OR was the same as AT.

It takes a certain strength of intellectual character to expend effort
on assimilating a point of view with which you think you disagree,
discovering that it is coherent, and then announcing to a whole
community that the elements of a picture you formerly rejected have
fallen into place for you. Many people on this list lack that
intellectual honesty. I may be one of them.

Jason, with this one post you have established yourself as an honest and
thoughtful participant to this on-going discussion. I'm sending this to
you personally because some would take it as a backhanded crticism, i.e.
they'd see praise for you as implicit ridicule of thier own obstinate
behaviour. Still, I suspect that you've elevated yourself in the eyes of
many Virions and set an excellent example. I fear I'll be withdrawing
from the discussion starting almost immediately. I'm about to start a
new job which is going to eat up most of my time. I've seen a
disturbing trend away from rational discourse on this list and toward
sophmoric ego battles. I trust that the contributions of people like
David McFadzean, Ken Pantheists, Reed Konsler, and Hakeeb Nandalal and
yourself will keep the Virus discussion list from degenerating into
flame war hell.

Take care. -KMO