Re: SOC/BIO: A Tidbit of Eco-Fundamentalist Rhetoric

From: Michael Lorrey (
Date: Mon Mar 12 2001 - 10:31:29 MST

Charlie Stross wrote:
> On Sun, Mar 11, 2001 at 01:48:14PM -0500, wrote:
> > > It is up to us to make our voices heard so that we can tell government
> > > and scientists, "Enough! It is time to stop. The Earth and life are
> > > sacred, not fodder for experimentation." We must further reach out to
> > > others and educate them so that they too will add their voices to the
> > > resounding, "No!"
> > >
> > > No compromise in defense of Mother Earth,
> Wow.
> Am I the only one to get a HUGE buzz of cognitive dissonance about
> seeing that kind of rhetoric transmitted via ESMTP over TCP/IP connections
> liking millions of computers together via satellite and undersea cable
> channels?
> My irony detection meter wrapped its needle three times round the stop post
> when I read this. It's sort of like sense-of-wonder, only in reverse.

Well, yes, but if you try to explain it to them, you 'ruin the magic'!
As far as they are concerned, they either follow the 'mystical' route
and treat it as a monkey would operate some device in an experiment:
don't ask the monkey to be able to explain how it works, or else they
follow the Marxist ethic of letting the capitalist sell the rope he will
be hung with.

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