Ideology (was: RE: Dialectical Materialism again - reply to Mark Lause

Mark Lause MLause at
Tue Jul 29 09:48:18 MDT 2003


I'd ask you to consider the implications of your statement: "Faith in a
good and well-tested theory, resisting 'sufficiently small' quantities
of contrary evidence, is a virtue, not a vice."

Certainly, the vast majority of humanity would find nothing
objectionable in saying this, and would then explain how observable
reality conforms to their faith that the world moves about on the back
of a turtle...or that Jesus talks to them while they're commuting...or
that their faith in astrology has been sufficiently borne out by their
experience.  Indeed, to take your excellent example of a missing cup,
someone who believes in angels, aliens, pixies and what-not could easily
come to very different conclusions about what happened to their cup and
just stop looking for it...or say a prayer to St. Anthony to persuade
Jesus to persuade old Jove to make the cup-angels return it.

Mark L.

PS: And let's not even get started on socks in the dyer.

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