Re: Extropian principles, let's have a look

From: E. Shaun Russell (
Date: Fri Jun 09 2000 - 14:00:23 MDT

Max wrote:

>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!

I'm currently combing through the Principles for the first time in about a
year; though I still see very little that I feel needs changing, I notice
that the term "diversity" isn't used very often. I think that such a term
encompasses both the notion of progress and expansion, but also indicates
adaptation. Perhaps "Boundless Diversity" or "Progressive Diversity?" I
prefer the latter, because it keeps the connotations more gradual than

As a side note, I personally would have _Godel, Escher, Bach_ in the "top
ten" of Extropian readings...perhaps in the place of _The Ultimate
Resource_? _GEB_ covers a ton of Extropic issues such as AI and the nature
of consciousness, and does so in a very easy to understand and enjoyable to
read way. Just a suggestion.

E. Shaun Russell Extropian, Musician, ExI Member, Moderator of NWExtropians list

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