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Subject: [IP] more on Religious leaders warn of Apple Computer's "Satanic"daemon, Darwin t...

  • From: David Farber <dave@farber.net>
  • To: Ip <ip@v2.listbox.com>
  • Date: Sat, 02 Apr 2005 16:03:06 -0500

Title: &nbsp;&nbsp;more on Religious leaders warn of Apple Computer's &quot;Satanic&quot;daemon, Darwin t...

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From: Bob Frankston <Bob2-19-0501@bobf.frankston.com>
Date: Sat, 02 Apr 2005 11:59:07 -0500
To: <dave@farber.net>, 'Ip' <ip@v2.listbox.com>
Subject: RE: [IP] more on Religious leaders warn of Apple Computer's &quot;Satanic&quot;daemon, Darwin t...

At the risk of stepping back and seeing common themes &#8230;
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What is worrisome is not whether the original was true or not but that the memes take on a life of their own among those ready to believe it. It&#8217;s one reason why I try to be careful and avoid my normal ambiguous humor when writing for larger audiences.
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It&#8217;s worth reading George Lakoff&#8217;s Moral Politics for an understanding of conceptual frameworks though not necessarily the specific ones he cites. I do see a parallel between interpreting symbols in place of reality checking in other arenas. Why fund science when all we want are the benefits of good technologies and why protect an environment which obviously exists only for our exploitation.
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Another reminder that &#8220;evolution&#8221; is not so much the issue in its own right as a symbol of this flashpoint. Yes, I know, I&#8217;m using a symbol here but how do we distinguish unless people have an education in critical thinking and both the benefits and limitations of logical in our complex reality. The best we can do is check our theories against reality on a regular basis &#8211; it&#8217;s called science.
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If only I could escape ambiguity and if only &#960; (pi) were 3.0.
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