Re: "Sound and Fury" over enhancements

From: Anders Sandberg (
Date: Thu Jan 10 2002 - 07:23:29 MST

On Thu, Jan 10, 2002 at 05:29:45AM -0800, J. R. Molloy wrote:
> Some of the lonely wouldn't want to "lose" loneliness.
> What would become of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band?
> "There are none so deaf as those who will not hear," as the sage said.
> Likewise, there are none so anti-extropian as those who will not be uplifted.

Actually, I would regard somebody who, after hearing the pros and cons
of being uplifted, said "I'm not going to change" as a rather extropian
person. Certainly more extropian than the instinctive "Yech, I will
*never* abandon the true way!" - which is just as unextropian as the
person who doesn't care to hear about the demands of self-augmentation
and just respons with a "Yay! Uplift me *now*!". Being extropian is
about taking responsibility for one's development and deliberatively
selecting what to become - including what *not to become*. To just go
with the stream, base ones development of preconceptions and not really
take charge over oneself is unextropian. Anti-extropians would rather
decide for others what to become (and especially what not to become).

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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