Re: What is to be done?

Thom Quinn (
Mon, 31 Mar 1997 09:24:12 -0600

Kathryn Aegis wrote:

> > My master's degree went into a crash-and-burn a few months ago when
> > one of my degree committee members decided that a transhumanist
> > emphasis was not something that he could support. And my time at
> > Antioch, supposedly a bastion of progressive thinking, was
> > characterized by hostility from my classmates towards transhumanist
> > ideas.

Hara Ra wrote:

> Perhaps we might begin thinking of the Extropy Institute as a vehicle
> for granting degrees in the areas of Extropian and TransHuman
> studies....
> Some institutions, such as UC Santa Cruz have a history of granting
> degrees in areas defined by the student. Perhaps the Extropy Institute
> could form some alliances with same.....

This is an excellent idea. Recent advances in science along with the
internet being an part of the life of the average American like never
before, extropian and transhuman memes have begun to ooze their way into
mainstream thinking. One only needs to see the way science fiction has
become one of the most popular genres in the 1990s media.

As so-called "radical" ideas are embraced by the masses, it would be
easier to work to get some establised institutions to work with the
Extropy Institute for actual degrees.

Anyone else?