Re: Extropian principles, let's have a look

From: Max More (
Date: Fri Jun 09 2000 - 12:10:22 MDT

At 09:51 AM 6/9/00, Anders wrote:
>Max More <> writes:
>When I discuss transhumanism in Swedish, I tend to use the word
>"utveckling" (literally translated it becomes "out-unfolding"), which
>has the meaning of development, evolution, progress, growth,
>generation etc. (you can see that Swedish lacks the synonyms of
>English :-). The nice thing is that it conjures up an image of not a
>linear progression, but rather something unfolding and developing into
>many directions at once.

Anders: If you check earlier versions of the Principles, you'll see that
instead of Perpetual Progress I used to have "Boundless Expansion". A
number of people didn't like that, thinking that it gaving the impression
that we wanted to "pave over the universe". "Expansion" or "unfolding"
(thought the latter I don't like as much) *does* more clearly convey
multiple paths, or diverse *ways* of making progress. But then how to avoid
the "paving over" (and perhaps imperialist) connotations of "expansion"?

Suggestions welcome!


Max More, Ph.D.
President, Extropy Institute.
CEO, MoreLogic Solutions. or

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