Re: Definitions for Transhumanism

den Otter (
Sat, 11 Apr 1998 16:45:36 +0200

> From: Anders Sandberg <>

> Eugene Leitl <> writes:
> > On Thu, 9 Apr 1998, Randy Smith wrote:
> >
> > > I like it, Scott, and that's not to disparage the other definitions
> > > others may have offered, but it kind of ties in with a Randy-Smith
> > > truism: many, if not most, humans are, in some fundamental way,
> > > unhappy. That ultimate state of self-actualization would seemingly
> >
> > If we were not unhappy, there would be zero impetus to change. No impetus
> > to change in an coevolutionary context guarantees failure before long.
> Very odd. I feel very happy, and I feel a big impetus to change. Would
> I feel an even more intense impetus if I was unhappy? I doubt it; the
> times I have felt unhabppy haven't motivated me as much as when I have
> been happy to do something.

I must second that; I'm a *lot* more productive and looking for improvement
when I feel happy than when I'm depressed.

> Of course, I might be unrepresentative of humanity

Of course, I *know* I'm unrepresentative of humanity, so... ;-)