Re: Wilson's mental hierarchy

Damien Broderick (
Sat, 12 Dec 1998 13:14:42 +0000

At 12:50 AM 12/11/98 -0800, Paul Hughes wrote

>Lest we forget, it was [Eliezer] and Damien who decided to flame me first.

Sorry if you read my (rather bluntly expressed) comment on RAW/Leary as a flame directed personally at you. I was trying to convey a general point - I apologise if you felt wounded.

I don't think there's much point in citing the outdated views of great scientists when the original daft document claimed that parts of the brain were designed for that future era when we enter our eventual extraterrestrial kingdom. This is not altogether impossible, I suppose, but it's so unlikely - and clearly derives from stoned fantasies which themselves are rather uninteresting transforms of ancient and empirically/theoretically ignorant mythoi - that I don't think people here should waste their time taking them seriously.

Using such mythoi for fictive or poetic purposes, of course, is quite a different matter. (But I'm getting a tad suspicious about even that, as I see how corrupting such pseudo-ideas are and how easily they squirm into and conscript our hard-won scientific meme-systems.)

Damien Broderick