At 07:16 PM 5/10/99 -0700, J.R. wrote:
>The preservation of human biology does not contradict or disagree with
>extropy (or with you I imagine).
>What Wilson referred to in his last paragraph of _Consilience_ has to do
>with prosthesis, not with augmentation. Extropian augmentation amplifies
>human biology. Entropic prosthesis merely supplies crutches and accessories
>to devolving organisms.
I will have to debate this with you, J.R. Wilson is talking about anything nonbiological, I believe. I take his "ancient heritage" as meaning our human biology and remaining the same species. Why doesn't he recognize that it is part of human nature to change ourselves, not that it is unnatural to do so.
Indeed, we must be vigilant in using careful planning and respect for our environment. Albeit, this does not prevent us from using our intelligence to plan and progress wisely.
Technological augmentations in extending life maximally will alter biology forever. Introducing new concepts broadens the ecology, thus altering it.