[extropy-chat] examples of rational irrationalism

Lee Corbin lcorbin at rawbw.com
Sun Dec 10 17:26:18 UTC 2006

Jef writes (in small part)

> So in a similar fashion, a person might say to her companion, "war is
> wrong" and the companion would nod in perfect understanding and
> agreement,

That's right---because the listener is trying to *understand* what is
being conveyed, and not focusing on the meaning of any particular

> ...not even thinking to ask whether the statement meant that war
> is ineffective, war is irrational, or that war is immoral.  If pressed,
> she might say that she really sees no significant difference.
> On a different level, a bit further outside today's mainstream, a "car"
> is an instance of vehicular technology capable of moving humans and
> their cargo under individual operator control.  To a person thinking in
> this mode, most relevant factors may include the ratio of vehicle mass
> to cargo capacity,... but I think you get the point.

Yes, good point.

> I'm going to remove myself from this discussion at this time due to
> diminishing returns, potential burnout by the participants, and to avoid
> abuse of the common forum.

Oh, I've heard that threat from you many times before?  Why is it
necessary in each case to announce it?  A simple noiseless exit,
my friend, would do as well, without the grandstanding, because
actions speak louder than words.


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