Re: META: GET LOST Re: Common Extropian Errors (was Common human Errors)

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Sun Apr 29 2001 - 16:16:37 MDT

The criticism is not utterly baseless. I worry that we sometimes put so
much reliance on technology and comparatively little energy or
discussion into ethics, how we get from here to there while minimizing
breakage, and what the "there" is that we wish to acheive in a bit more

- samantha

Brian Atkins wrote:
> Why are we putting up with this buffoon in our own house? I've had about
> enough of the stupid add-nothing-to-the-discussion posts, and now outright
> attacks. If you want to bash us, go over to hang out with the other neo-
> luddite technophobic morons. There are plenty of lists to choose from.
> If you want to learn something then shut up, lurk, and read the archives.
> If you actually have something new and interesting to say then do so. But
> enough of the dreck.
> John Marlow wrote:
> >
> > 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.
> >
> > Pity.
> >
> > jm
> >
> --
> Brian Atkins
> Director, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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