RE: Pascal's Wager

Billy Brown (
Tue, 8 Dec 1998 10:13:05 -0600

Anders Sandberg:

> Is it just me, or doesn't it look like there is ample room for an
> interesting synthesis of transhumanist thinking with some of the
> eastern philosophical systems without having to throw important things
> like critical thinking and empiricism overboard (as you often have to
> do when trying it with western religions)?

In my experience, Eastern religions are generally even less rational than Western ones. Not only do they carry the "the material world is evil" and "obedience to a higher power" memes so common in the West, but they are also infected to varying degrees with "there is no objective reality", "the highest virtue is to do nothing", "individuals do not matter/do not exist", and "perfection = oblivion". I don't see much potential for synthesis here.

Billy Brown