Re: META: Extropians list to become two lists

Paul Hughes (
Sat, 30 May 1998 17:11:25 -0700

den Otter wrote:

> Anyway, I think there's still one type of list missing: "transhumanism select":an
> invitation only (or in any case restricted) list for hardcore transhumanists,

Who decides who is worthy of invitation? And more importantly, what makes those who
invite worthy of inviting? Although I agree the intention of having an invite only
list will increase the overall level of dialogue, it will also have the opposite
effect of shielding out others who might have intelligent ideas to contribute. The
Polymath list is a perfect case in point. The level of discussion is intelligent
but also completely inbred. I don't see much memetic evolution taking place there -
only the same ideas hashed over again, with an occasional new hypothesis to stir
things up.