Re: dealing with neoluddites

From: Michael LaTorra (
Date: Sun Jan 14 2001 - 19:10:31 MST

Eliezer Yudkowsky wrote:

>Michael LaTorra, has it occurred to you that perhaps the future is not
>well-served by pointing out transhumanism on the Web to raving
>over-the-edge Luddites, in the same sense that if a band of
>environmentalist terrorists armed with grenades took an Extro conference
>hostage, one would not cheerfully point to Max More and say: "Oh, talk to
>him; why, he's practically the planetary expert on how technology can
>solve *all* your problems, without any need for those silly

Eliezer Yudkowsky, since the neoluddite in question is computer-literate,
has a website, and presumably knows how to use a search engine, I do not
think he would have any difficulty finding any number of spots on the Web
that promote the ideas with which he disagrees. I received his e-mail (which
I forwarded to this list with my reply to him) from out of the blue; I don't
know where or how he got my e-mail address. Heck, I don't even have a web
page for him or his software agents to grab it from!

Has it occurred to you, Eliezer, that perhaps the future is not well-served
by attempting to hide?


Michael LaTorra
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