Re: NEWS: Rifkin at Ars Electronica Conference

Robert J. Bradbury (
Tue, 7 Sep 1999 18:26:00 -0700 (PDT)

On Tue, 7 Sep 1999, Chris Fedeli wrote:

> It was all too much for Hamer, who used the
> question-and-answer session after Rifkin's talk to grab a
> mike and, voice trembling somewhat, announce: "I was
> surprised to find that you are really a closet eugenicist.
> What gives you the right to say whether I have the right to
> have a child (free of certain genetically programmed
> illnesses)?"
> Rifkin and Hamer went at each other after that, trading
> cutting remarks.

Aha, a case in point, it *is* possible to override the social programming *if* the topic is close enough to ones heart, system of fundamental beliefs, survival, etc.

Spike, there is hope.

Wish I had been there. I could have pointed out to Rifken that the debate was irrelevant since by the time the population had settled out on one side or the other we would have dimantled all the planets anyway... Taking the card deck trumps any card.