Re: Tiresome Vitriol--was SPACE: Tito Interview

From: Brian Atkins (
Date: Fri Apr 27 2001 - 21:14:55 MDT

John Marlow wrote:
> In general, I offer criticisms to improve; you engage in personal
> atttacks.The difference is this: I harbor no malice.

No the problem seems to be, that there couldn't possibly be anything wrong
with your behavior, therefore my criticisms of you must be personal attacks.
You seem to be incapable of learning from the feedback being offered up by
pretty much everyone here.

As for malice, what do you call this?

"Well, let me turn that around, if I may, by asking: What do humans
consider to be the most common errors made by extropians?

Speaking as one of the former, I'd have to say (as a generalization,
of course; there are notable exceptions) a tendency to
overintellectualize everything to the point of absurdity,
overreliance on what I would term material reductionism to the point
of rabidity; overt hostility to differing viewpoints and to criticism
(however mild) to the point of ridiculosity; technophilia to the
point of fanaticism.

In short--they're not ready for prime time. "

def. of malice: "Enmity of heart; malevolence; ill will; a spirit
        delighting in harm or misfortune to another; a disposition
        to injure another;"

That seems to fit your general observed behavior in many cases. But I
will desist now since none of this is getting through. Just keep putting
your own faults onto others, I'm sure that will work great for you.

Brian Atkins
Director, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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