Re: ESSAY:Postrel on dynamism and tech. progress

Kathryn Aegis (
Sun, 29 Nov 1998 13:22:55 -0800 (PST)

At 08:43 AM 11/28/98 EST, wrote:
>Speaking of which, I think her new book is a must addition to
>the recommended readings that accompany the new version of the Extropian

I think that in merely 'reading' and 'recommending' such books, we miss their true potential. Postrel's book contains ideas which we are already familiar, expressed in a form that everyone can relate to. We should be *citing* her work in essays and books that we write. We need to find works to which we can link our ideas, to show that transhumanist thought functions as part of an intellectual progression, not just a set of ideas floating around on the fringes, totally disconnected.

By crediting other authors for their work on such ideas, and including it in our own works, we increase our credibility and our profile. It also helps us to forge networks with people who would support at least some of our ideas. In every topic that we discuss, we should be aware of a set of works that are good sources of citations and use them.


Kathryn Aegis