Re: Premature deaths [was: extropians-digest V7 #4]

Date: Mon Jan 07 2002 - 01:55:55 MST

In a message dated 1/6/02 11:26:08 AM, writes:

>Sure -- it is true -- we perceive actions by individuals that
>cause deaths (proactive deathists) as more heinous than a lack
>of action that causes deaths (passive deathists) which are
>worse than "natural" deaths (the underlying natural hazard
>function -- ranging from heart disease & cancer to earthquakes
>and asteroid impacts). *But*, feeling my ears grow into sharpened
>points, *is* that logical?
>Are not these distinctions "artificial"? Aren't they driven
>by genetic programming in humans? {e.g. Identify your enemies
>and eliminate them before they eliminate you.

No, there's an important distinction - you can fix problems due
to passive deathists without changing those people. Active deathists
must be stopped. They're a much more serious problem as you have
fewer options. In addition, humans are very nasty enemies as they
are hard to stop with simple measures like dams, frame houses, etc.

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