Re: UberMemes

Anders Sandberg (
Sun, 30 Mar 1997 00:37:16 +0100 (MET)

On Fri, 28 Mar 1997, Gregory Houston wrote:

> Even the "trans" in transhuman, refering to transcendental, is teaming
> with contradicting religous and political connotations.

Trans- is a latin morphem meaning "over", "beyond"; it has nothing to do
with transcendence (other than being a part of the word:
trans+ascendere?). After all, transnational organizations are not very
transcendent or religious.

> On an aside, I thought of a derogatory term for perversions of extropian
> memes which do not clearly require dynamic optimism: extropiates. An
> example extropiate might be: "technology will make everything better",

Good term!

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