Re: Extropian Principles: SO Definition

Steve Edwards (
Thu, 27 Feb 1997 17:20:21 -0600

At 11:48 AM 2/27/97 -0800, you wrote:
>At 01:10 PM 2/27/97 -0500, Mark Crosby wrote:
>>Early last fall there was some discussion about replacing 'Spontaneous
>>Order' in BEST DO IT SO with 'Self Ownership'. If I recall,
>>Spontaneous Order was disliked because it was a term from biology that
>>seemed too submissive to whatever 'blind' evolution threw at us and
>>Self Ownership was preferred because it was more 'libertarian' or
>>suggestive of individual responsibility and creativity.
>>I was looking at Stuart Kauffman's _At Home In the Universe_ the other
>>day and noticed that the older term Spontaneous Order had been pretty
>>much replaced by the newer term 'Self Organization'. [snip]
>I'm just reading Kauffman's book now. Version 3.0 of the Extropian
>Principles won't be completed for a while since I have other urgent writing
>priorities. When I get back to it I'll certainly consider whether
>"Self-Organization" should replace "Spontaneous Order" as the name of that
>principle. Note, thout, that this principle will most likely be in
>*addition* to Self-Ownership rather than the latter replacing the former
>(as I originally thought).

So the new acronym will be BEST DO IT SO-SO. :)


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