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Date: Fri, 24 May 2002 14:04:19 -0700 (PDT)
From: Kirby Ulrey <>

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Okay, I played the philosopher's game. I was told that I was a psychological 
reductionist, and a risk taker to boot! I looked up psychological reductionism, 
and I discovered some rather amusing facts.

The fact that I found most interesting was that Emile Durkheim (1858-1917) 
argued against psychological reductionism on the following basis: even after 
providing a psychological explanation for individual acts of suicide, there was 
something unaccounted for: different suicide rates in different societies.

My question: were these societies not composed of individuals? Ideas come from 
individual thought, even if it is with observations made from other sources. 
(Such as thinking about flight after watching birds. Wouldn't that be a rather 
amusing origin of the events of Kitty Hawk in 1903?)

Robert Heinlein had it right; behaviorists wouldn't have jobs if they relied on 

Here's to the infinite voyage,

Kirby Ulrey

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