Re: ART? Re: Skeptics Take on the Extropian Concept

Anders Sandberg (
28 Feb 1998 12:10:48 +0100

"Michael M. Butler" <butler@comp*> writes:

> An an-aesthetic life is not worth living.

I couldn't agree more.

If we just concentrate on making our nanodevices work, sift
information efficiently and built our transhuman bodies we will become
boring cultists (ever noted that fanatics never have humor or like
art?). But if we integrate beauty with our technological, social and
philosophical visions, then we will become something much, much more.

> Absent art, one branch of which is technology (and I'll fight that one to
> the _death_, I will), there is nothing worth preserving or enhancing.

It might be amusing to point out that the motto of the Royal Institute
of Technology (where I reside) is "Science and Art". The two
essentials of technology.

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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