Re: Extropian principles, let's have a look

From: Anders Sandberg (
Date: Fri Jun 09 2000 - 13:09:59 MDT

Max More <> writes:

> 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".

Yes, but I actually think it was better than the current PP (besides,
I long for the days with a simple mnemonic :-).

I agree that we need to avoid the pave the universe meme, people all
to easily ascribe it to us. But that shouldn't mean we just abandon a
good term.

>"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"?

Tricky. Unfolding has been used by far too much new age fluff.

Divergence? Might suggest disagreement or dissolution. Boundless evolution?

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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