Re: The Politics of Transhumanism

From: J. R. Molloy (
Date: Mon Jan 07 2002 - 08:56:51 MST

From: "Spike Jones" <>
> Otherwise you can be sure its goals will be blocked by
> governments whose goals are equality, not prosperity.

Yes, to the extent governments aspire to equality, they engender entropy.
Correspondingly, extropy requires and inspires prosperity accompanied by
Technological phase transition needs government to get out of the way.
 So, expect politics to be the primary force opposing transhumanity.
As the scientific method consistently and accurately identifies incorrect
thinking, governments increasingly resist pure science and relinquish basic
research in favor of pandering to public fear by banning that which comes too
close to debunking cherished belief systems.

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Useless hypotheses, etc.:
 consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will, qualia,
analog computing, cultural relativism, GAC, Cyc, Eliza, cryonics, individual
uniqueness, ego, human values, scientific relinquishment, malevolent AI,
non-sensory experience, SETI

We move into a better future in proportion as science displaces superstition.

"Do we want a robot for president?
Too late. Bush won."
--Alligator Grundy

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