Re: Including the luddites [was Re: Degrees vs. smarts]

Michael S. Lorrey (
Wed, 06 Oct 1999 21:40:10 -0400

Kathryn Aegis wrote:
> At 10:07 AM 10/5/99 -0700, Robert Bradbury wrote:
> >However, I will comment that I know an artist in S.F. who happens to
> >also be a Native American. Our conversations regarding technology
> >trends and especially genetics tend to get fairly hot. It isn't
> >that he is particularly anti-technology but that he sees technology
> >as a threat to his cultural history.
> As do many African Americans. This was a flash point during my time at
> Antioch. My professor would just stand there and let people scream racism
> for supporting genetics, robotics, etc. And the day that I proposed that
> humans are slowly leaving individual cultures behind in favor of a common
> interface was the day I was informed that Hitler had fathered my mother.
> The multi-culti movement has put itself into diametric opposition to any
> technological advancement that promises to fundamentally alter the human
> body. Having fought so long and so hard for basic respect for their own
> cultures, they tend to view these technologies as yet another opportunity
> to wipe them off the face of the earth. Surely we can empathize with that,
> but it becomes worrisome in that they may find themselves less adapted to
> the future.

Wow Kathryn. What college did you go to??? I thought I had it bad getting a C on a paper in a Sociology class that celebrated the trashing of Margaret Mead in the book Oedipus in the Trobriands... ;)

Don't feel bad, its just evolution in action.

Mike Lorrey