Re: A Message to the Membership

From: Robert Owen (
Date: Sun Jan 02 2000 - 21:05:01 MST

E Shaun Russell wrote:

> Like Eliezer, I'm still unclear on what you mean by the 'politicizing' of
> the transhumanist movement

Main Entry: po·lit·i·cize
Function: transitive verb
Inflected Form(s): -cized; -ciz·ing
Date: 1846
: to give a political tone or character to <an attempt to politicize the civil


 po•lit•i•cize, -cized, -ciz•ing.


  1. to give a political character or bias to: to politicize a religious debate.

I have archived all the correspondence from the previous threads; it was
precisely my experience with them that motivated the current post. It is
my personal opinion that discussions of, e.g. Libertarianism, Gun Control
Legislation and an Extropian Political Platforms have nothing whatever to
do with either Transhumanism or Extropianism.

As far as the logic or details of my argument against politicizing a philoso-
phical movement such as Transhumanism, or a Sociobioengineering Movement
such as Extropianism, I believe they are intelligible and cogent as stated,
and that their repetition, therefore, would be superfluous.


Definitions above are from The Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary,
© 1999 by Merriam-Webster, Incorporated and The Random House
Webster's College Dictionary, © l999 respectively.
Robert M. Owen
The Orion Institute
57 W. Morgan Street
Brevard, NC 28712-3659 USA

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