Blaming everything on the entropians is a mutation I've already
witnessed, and really amounts simply to the invention of the phrase
Why do I care about digital communities?
Why would I die for a divergent version of humanity?
What emotional powers are backing these phrases?
Sometimes self-interest isn't enough to propagate a meme! Immortality
and digital communities are very much in my interest, but they don't
take advantage of the built-in *political* emotions, the ones which lead
us to instinctively share our views with others. You have to either (1)
attack the current political system, (2) defend it, or (3) use a memetic
sleight-of-hand to utilize the emotions powering (1) and (2) above.
The problem with Extropian memes is that they involve goals which will
benefit *everyone*, *equally*. You just can't do that and propagate
your meme. There has to be someone to take the fall or it isn't
politics. Frankly, I think the Christians hit on the best solution with
Satan: Pin all the blame on a fantasy entity. The only problem is that
we'd have to lie. Maybe we could demonize death?
-- email@example.com Eliezer S. Yudkowsky http://tezcat.com/~eliezer/singularity.html http://tezcat.com/~eliezer/algernon.html Disclaimer: Unless otherwise specified, I'm not telling you everything I think I know.