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TOTD 04 Sep 2001

If you do not retain some zeteticism* about all ideas, however appealing they may be, you have entered hypnosis...

*A term from ancient Greek philosophy revived by Dr. Marcello Truzzi, because the similar term "skepticism" has been pre-empted by certain entrenched dogmatists. The modern so-called skeptic accepts the dogmas of the reigning Establishment and is cynical only about ideas that are new, original or Heretical. The zetetic is skeptical of all dogmas.

-Robert Anton Wilson, Cosmic Trigger II : Down to Earth

Absolute truth, like absolute justice, is seldom obtainable. We can only do our best to approximate them.

-Marcello Truzzi, On Pseudo-Skepticism

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ex_antisens
Sep. 4th, 2001 12:26 pm (UTC)
but robert anton wilson is a degenerate, cynical old drunk....terminal stage alcoholic...
kmo
Sep. 4th, 2001 12:53 pm (UTC)
Therefore...
Nice example of the logical fallacy known as poisoning the well, Antisense. I'm guessing that you're presenting it with tongue firmly lodged in cheek.
kmo
Sep. 4th, 2001 01:14 pm (UTC)
Actaully, now that I think about it...
Antisense's comments about RAW better fit the regular ole Ad Hominem catagory of logical fallacy. To count as poisoning the well, Antinsense would have needed to make his "cynical old drunk" charge in advance of my quoting Wilson.

I, on the other hand, did commit a variety of well poisoning against Robert T. Carroll when I made the words "modern so-called skeptic" a text link to his Skeptic's Dictionary website.
kmo
Sep. 4th, 2001 01:17 pm (UTC)
My Bad (link)
You can find RAW's website here.
gaybobby
Sep. 5th, 2001 08:47 am (UTC)
I LIKE ASS-FUCKING!!! DO YOU? I'M GAY BOBBY!
carocrow
Sep. 9th, 2001 09:05 am (UTC)
Skepticism v. Zeteticism
Oh, I'm all for changing the term to something else and leaving the so-called skeptics to wallow in their anal retentive narrow minded inability to form or hold a creative thought.

The truly sad thing about them is, that they think there is such a thing, as "right" and "wrong" and completely discard subjective evidence as useful support for any argument. Frankly, since I'm pretty well convinced everything is illusion, how I feel about it is much more important than what I think (LOL)...
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