Re: SOC: Opposition to Transhumanism

Date: Wed Jan 05 2000 - 10:27:33 MST

In a message dated 00-01-04 15:34:01 EST, you write:

<< Another category: terrorist organizations. There are a number of groups
 currently active which are making physical attacks on scientific labs and
 harassing scientists. The most prominent that I know of in the USA are
 PETA, the Animal Liberation Front, and Reclaim the Seeds. In Europe, 70
 labs researching genetically engineered crops have been attacked.
 Groups like this can have a chilling affect on research. I used to work in
 an entomology department, and no one there would do flea and tick research
 because they were afraid of animal rights groups. (Fleas and ticks require
 mammalian hosts.)
 Recently an animal rights group claimed to have sent out envelopes to
 scientists booby-trapped with razor blades:
 More of the same:
 While I agree with the points made earlier that we should try to consider
 every opponent a potential ally, people who have resorted to the use of
 violence and vandalism are beyond reason.
 </XMP> >>

Actually, I would classify terrorist groups under "Anti-Transhumanism" as
such groups do not practice tolerance or non-coercion, even though many of
them are likely to be completely unaware of transhumanism.

Glen Finney

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