>From: "Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Brian Manning Delaney is an idiot. In fact, an insulting and
>Max More and Natasha Vita-More have won the argument.
Did someone say "cultism"?
Excellent - we now have a test case for the hypothesis that Extropianism is
If Extropianism is *not* a cult, the ethical standard invoked in people's
criticism of Brian will be invoked here: "Eliezer, this is a *vicious* blah
blah blah ... dot dot dot....."
If Extropianism *is* a cult, people will not criticize Eliezer for his
comment (and might even feel warm and fuzzy - "CRUCify him" "CRUcify
Let's see what happens!
"Wait! Wait! Brian *started* it so it's okay to insult him".
Here of course, is where we'd need someone to go very carefully over the
evidence behind Brian's claim that he did *not* start it.
Guess how many Extropians have been willing to that so far?
This of course likely just means that "started it" is short for "is The
So, clearly, whether one has actually started it doesn't matter to the
Extropians who have commented so far.
All right then. Let Eliezer have it folks, or reap the conclusion.
PS Eliezer, want to put money on the claim that Brian is an idiot? I'm
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