Re: BBC Polemics: Help needed!

From: Technotranscendence (
Date: Sat Jan 15 2000 - 23:45:47 MST

On Saturday, January 15, 2000 6:58 PM Eliezer S. Yudkowsky wrote:
> Here's a discussion of a trick question you're likely to encounter.
> ==
> If anyone raises the question of immortal souls, "Why call them back
> from heaven?" and all that, don't attack religion as a response. People
> aren't going to suddenly stop believing because you tell them to. At
> most, you might dare to sound unsure about the existence of souls; most
> people will accept that you might have doubts because they have doubts
> themselves, but they won't accept an atheist.
[big snip]

I agree, but I've heard it all before. My strategy on life extension is to
present people with small increments and promises of smaller achievements.
Also, if someone is religious to the core or even just a bit argumentative,
I move on. There are plenty of irreligious types and others who are
unwitting thatanophiles or, at least, fence sitters. We need to build our
numbers in that direction, not seek confrontation. This way, would be
immortalists will grow and grow and grow. And grow.


Daniel Ust
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