Re: BUSINESS: Transhuman Posters

Roderick A. Carder-Russell (
Sat, 8 Mar 1997 20:51:12 -0500 (EST)

On Sat, 8 Mar 1997, Johnny Carwash wrote:

> I realize that to many of you, extropian ideals are philosophical. Well,
> fair enough, but I consider myself a scientist, and I feel that there's no
> room for pretention in science. First of all, the idea of a human or
> posthuman or transhuman or anyotherprefixhuman with silicon skin isn't even
> a concept out of science fiction, it's a concept out of stupid people trying
> to be trendy.

I believe that you have seriously misunderstood the intent!

> Drop the pretension, honey, it makes us all look like idiots. If I wanted
> future fantastic with no basis in science, I'd read Mondo 2000 (and I do).

I have a few points to make here. Transhumanism is a very
reasonable and scientifically sound philosophy, but we also make use of
imagery and creative talent, not always sticking with dedication to our
scientific principles in our art. But that is the point. Art exists, in
a large part, not only to express, but to inspire. Art is not bound by
physical law, we are able to express situations that are beyond
our current ability. I suggest that you refrain from trying to smother
our forward movement in your pessimism. If you have valid, logical
disagreements, we will certainly hear them, but please don't make wild
assumptions and accusations.

Roderick A. Carder-Russell
Student-Computer Science, Philosophy
Specializing in Man-Machine Symbiosis
Suspension Member-Alcor Foundation
Information Systems Consultant-Technology Syllogistics