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Posted by Richard Ruquist on August 3, 2001 09:45:06 UTC

and Harv is very good at discriminating between them. I find that to be very educational. Labels are quite convenient in communicating one's beliefs without having to go into detail. And so it's good to have agreement on what they mean. The academics have already come to such an agreement and it's just for us with Harv's help to learn what they mean. Unfortunately academics tend to use labels to pigeonhole people. It gives them power to know who you are, especially if you do not.

For example, I know what I think and believe, which to me seems to be a mixture of religion and science. So it is enlightening to find that others have classified all of this into labels, and it's interesting to find what my labels are. But actually I do not pay much attention to labels. Labels are not truth. They are just ameans to classify data. Sort off what DoctorDick says his theory does. Neither are truth. I am more interested in infering what the possibilities for reality are. We can never know reality for sure. But it's marvelous to explore its possibilities.

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