Re: MEMETICS: The Triumph of Reason

Dan Fabulich (
Tue, 21 Jan 1997 18:02:51 -0800

Lee Daniel Crocker wrote:

> It is a common criticism of reason by its enemies that it is just
> another dogma. But they're wrong. They are identifying one feature
> that the two share, i.e. "strongly held belief", and thereby equating
> them, which conveniently ignores the other feature of dogma that is
> just as critical to its definition: closed to criticism.

That's not always the case. Many rational people are open to rational
criticism, but remain closed to emotional or unsupported propositions.
That closes rationalism off from non-rational criticism, making it
effectively dogma.

To try and remain open-minded, one can adopt a pancritical rationalism,
(take a look at ), but that system can
only take us so far. There are important questions which pancritical
rationalism leaves unanswered. Most notably, pancritical rationalism
leaves quite a bit of room for religion to thrive, so long as the
religion's concept of spirituality is internally consistent.
Nonetheless, it's an important start.

-He who laughs last thinks slowest-