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Gloabl Snake Oil Remedies

Posted by: Quincunx on October 21, 1999 at 22:21:19:

In Reply to: The Hat Hair Formula posted by Dr. Cruel on October 21, 1999 at 12:03:25:

DC: Remember that the Theory of Relativity was apparently the product of that 'rationalism' you disdain,

Qx: You've missed the point big time but then should anyone here be surprised? What I'm really noting is the isolation of reason. In other words, the obsession we have in the West with this idea that reason is *the great quality*. We've replaced God the father with reason,basically. Reason is a wonderful human quality, but it's just one of the human qualities and it's by putting it up on a pedestal all by itself that we've cause it to do the opposite of what it ought
to be doing. We've turned it into unreason.

By putting any human quality in power in isolation, you automatically make it do the opposite of what it's intended to do, because it isn't supposed to be in isolation, because we aren't people of only one quality -- any more than in our normal lives. In other words, humans are not one dimensional beings. Why would we design our whole life around life around one single intellectual concept when there are lots of others? I can list six qualities which are: common sense,creativity, ethics, intuition, memory, and reason. Anybody can contribute more faculties here for discussion but my main point here is that reason is just one of many faculties. It should notbecome a cult of adoration such as seen here or even hereBTW, now that you've mentioned the Theory of Relativity Doc why don't you try to explain the Second Law of Thermodynamics.

on to more fun......

DC: People being the profit seeking organisms that they are,

Qx: Uh-oh...so humanity is naturally a pack of thieves. Nice try.

DC: however, it would seem that this 'theological anti-religious construct' will be with us for some time,

Qx: That's what Austrian economics has been doing for all the while but at least we can see it get debunked thoroughly on the Internet now. Ain't it great?

DC: or at least as long as someone might make a buck conning the gullible suckers that can be sold on its promise.

Qx: Yes, the promise of free market ideology/theology is alluring except in the material world where it hasn't done much

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