Re: Is the death penalty Extropian?

Max More (
Tue, 24 Nov 1998 13:45:46 -0800

At 10:27 AM 11/24/98 -0800, Mark wrote:
>Your argument seems to be that you can reprogram them into a 'useful member
>of society' and that society will benefit from that. I find the idea of a
>legal system deciding what mental software people should run utterly
>regardless of any economic arguments. Given a choice between physical death
>or involuntary reprogramming into slave labor, I'll take death, thanks.

What if the choice is not between death and total personality reprogramming? What if a violent criminal is given a choice: Either stay in jail for decades (or be executed), or undergo gene therapy or some other treatment that gives them better impulse control.


Max More, Ph.D.
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