Re: JP Barlow, Ph.D, Social Engineering

E. Shaun Russell (
Tue, 24 Sep 1996 20:56:14 -0700 (PDT)

>>> = Ira Brodsky
>> = Kathryn Aegis
> = Sarah Marr

>>>Throw out "black and white facts," and you throw out concrete knowledge.
>>Cling to black and white facts, and cripple your ability to move
>>beyond the edifice of whatever discipline forms your base of
>>Cling to black and white facts, and find yourself stranded on a
>>static bit of earth as the universe moves its processes around and past
>>Cling to black and white facts, and watch your children take off into
>>the worlds of knowledge that you now seek.
>Cling to black and white facts, and annoy an awful lot of very successful
>scientists working with statistical quantum mechanics.

Hmmm. I wonder if I could simplify this even more:

Cling to facts...but also cling to the things other than facts. I
think it would be a positively boring world if everything was facticious.
Reality (and I hope no-one asks "But what is reality?") is that right now,
we are human. That is a fact unto itself. Being human allows us to see
around the facts. In fact <g>, that is one of the only qualities I adore in
the fact that we can see more than facts.

E. Shaun Russell Extropian poet\musician