RE: regarding the YINYANG post on extropians

From: Harvey Newstrom (
Date: Thu Jul 26 2001 - 07:28:56 MDT

J. R. Molloy wrote,
> From: "Harvey Newstrom" <>
> > My fear is that any system that destroys groups for incorrect
> thinking will
> > quickly turn on us!
> That doesn't sound like much to be afraid of. A system that
> destroys groups
> for incorrect thinking (in the extremely unlikely event that such a system
> ever emerges) would have my full support. In fact, I'd form a group around
> such a system.

But who decides what is correct thinking? The Democrats? The Republicans?
The Vatican?

Do you want President Bush's advisors to decide if stem cell research is
correct thinking? Do you want a team of top doctors to decide if cryonics
is feasible? Do you want a consortium of Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco and IBM to
decide if friendly AI is feasible? Do you want the FDA to decide which
drugs are feasible?

I think people on this list forget what a minority the cutting edge can be.
Any panel for correct thinking will quickly degenerate into political
correctness around the lowest common denominator. Don't expect the masses
(or even the elite) to rally around our causes!

Harvey Newstrom <> <>

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