Re: The Business of Transhumanism

From: Natasha Vita-More (
Date: Wed Apr 26 2000 - 20:07:04 MDT

At 04:02 PM 4/26/00 CEST, Waldemar wrote:

> This presents are very bad face to potential investors and
>sympathizers. In short: it has become a geek club. Sorry, but that's the
>truth why transhumanism isn't recruiting new groups and new social strata
>than younger middle- class white males often very centered on science. But
>those persons cannot give the movement the momentum it needs. What should
>be done then?

You ask a hard nosed question prefaced by a generalization that could be
accurate, but I don't think so. When I first became a transhumanist, I did
not know one geek in the crowd - not a single one. There were scientists,
but not that many, and there were many females. As far as I know, they are
still transhumansits. Most were space enthusiasts and involved in
business. This transhuman group was formed by FM-2030 and he is quite far
from being a scientist, a geek or socially inept.

What we must realize is that a fraction of extropians are on this email
list. I can't agree with you that transhumanist groups are not engaging
more than the male/scientist lot. A brief survey of transhumanists who
have signed my Manifesto shows that 50% are females, and I would assume
(and I don't think its a broad assumption) that they are hip from the
comments and responses I have received.

This doesn't dismiss your views, and I do think that we need to branch out
into other areas that are, perhaps, aesthetically pleasing, and emotionally


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