"Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" wrote:
> Charlie Stross wrote:
> > So, your question for $64K: why is Extropianism so overtly associated
> > with unmitigated optimism that it's seen as a joke in some circles?
> I don't think anyone could accuse me of being purely optimistic. I take
> pride in pointing out an ominous cloud of doom whenever I'm the first to
> spot it. Am I to be condemned solely because I think that there exists a
> significant chance that humanity will make it through this okay? I
> certainly don't think that anyone could accuse me of encouraging a
> passive, lay-back-and-wait-for-the-Singularity attitude.
And frankly, the sort of people who consider it a joke are the sort of
'sky is falling' pessimists who've bought into the Malthusian Lie, to
such an extent that I consider THEM the joke. They might as well just
euthanize themselves now and save us all the bother so we can get on
making the future.
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