Re: SOC: Opposition to Transhumanism

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Thu Jan 06 2000 - 13:13:21 MST wrote:
> Eliezer S. Yudkowsky, <>, writes:
> > Some opposition will be stupid and unconvertable, some opposition will
> > be mistaken and convertable, a substantial proportion will be mistaken
> > and unconvertable, and a small and possibly deadly fraction will be
> > stupid and convertable.
> Some opposition may be smart, and correct.
> It seems highly unwise to assume that all those who disagree with us
> are stupid or evil. Until we have perfect knowledge of the universe,
> the possibility of our own error must always be considered.

I usually call this group the "loyal opposition"... actually, that
refers to the supergroup that argues rationally, and is willing to put
"the facts" ahead of their particular side. (The acid test is linking
to an opposing point of view, or putting up your Web pages on the
CritLink system.) I don't know what I would call the bearer of an
opposing viewpoint who was smart and correct. "Leader" springs to mind.

           Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
Typing in Dvorak         Programming with Patterns  Writing in Gender-neutral
Voting for Libertarians  Heading for Singularity    There Is A Better Way

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