Re: The Politics of Transhumanism

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Sun Jan 06 2002 - 16:55:48 MST

"Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" wrote:
> As presented in the abstract,
> it sounds as if there's a large organized movement somewhere that is an
> accepted part of contemporary transhumanism, as opposed to a lone idiot
> who tried to join a webring that shut down and reincorporated with a new
> charter rather than accept him as a member.

And just to clarify: if there were more than one idiot, it would be a
larger problem, but it still wouldn't be a part of transhumanism. The
First Amendment may guarantee the inalienable right of crackpots to call
themselves whatever they like, but that doesn't make it real. Marcus
Eugenicus no more represents a neo-Nazi branch of transhumanism than
Deepak Chopra represents a New Age branch of quantum mechanics.

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Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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