Re: The Extropian Religious War--thank you

From: Adrian Tymes (
Date: Sun Jul 15 2001 - 14:07:38 MDT

Party of Citizens wrote:
> Ahhh grasshoppers, how can rationality be complete without
> irrationality? How can that which is be complete without that which is
> not? How can the yin be complete without the yang?

By acknowledging that it is yin, and that while there exists yang, it
is not itself the yang. Rationality may dream of someday explaining
all the world, and thereby acknowledge that there is some part of
reality that is not yet understood; but it is a mere confusion of terms
to believe that this acknowledgement somehow makes the irrational part
of the rational. Perhaps some set theory can make this clear:

* X union Y is Z
* it is hoped that, someday, X will be Z
does not mean
* Y is currently a subset of X
especially given
* X intersection Y is null

The only was that Y could be a subset of X, is if Y did not exist
(i.e., was null). And the not-yet-explained/irrational does exist...

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