>Date: 16 Feb 2001 21:07:41 -0000
>From: "John Calvin" <email@example.com>
>Subject: Re: Extropy at the State Fair?
> >>booths of every flavor.
> >Why would we want to be presented in a carnival atmosphere like that?
>because thats where the people are.
>Not to mention the fact that many people will not sit for a dry lecture
>and need to be shown that the future can be fun.
Perhaps there's a middle ground here; rather than being a blatant advert
for Extropy or the Institute, why not choose a theme interesting or
important to people, but keeping Extropy in the background. Perhaps
alongside whatever literature you would display, you might have
some >Human/Extropian material, but discreetly. Not out and out
advertising, but playing on subtle curiosities. Let them explore the
material, and be as helpful as possible.
That would only leave you with figuring out what topic you would like to
present. Perhaps something in the Science field, but with loads of demos
and samples that people can fiddle with and kids will get a kick out
of. Perhaps "Medical advancements throught history", with old microscopes,
a rusty old amputation saw and some modern stuff, yet plotting a future
trend to "curing the tragedy of illness" etc... I'm not sure how these
events are arranged or run, or what type of people you get, but I've a
feeling the comments about the dislike at being preached to at a fair are
probably accurate. Maybe it would require entertaining people with the
idea of advancement, rather than telling them how things will advance. Or
maybe I'm just blowing smoke here:)
As to what that other themes there could be, I'm afraid I've not got any
more ideas right now. If people find it an interesting idea and I come up
with anything, I'll make it known.
"If you can't take a little bloody nose, maybe you ought to go back home and
crawl under your bed. It's not safe out here. It's wondrous, with treasures
to satiate desires both subtle and gross. But it's not for the timid."
-Q, Star Trek:TNG episode 'Q Who'
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