Re: FYI : Islands in the Clickstream - March 14, 1998

Damien R. Sullivan (
Mon, 16 Mar 1998 19:47:49 -0800 (PST)

On Mar 16, 5:36pm, Reilly Jones wrote:

> Richard Thieme's piece was forwarded to the E-list 3/16/98: <We are

> <Ethical reflection never anticipates the breakthroughs that make us sit up
> straight, nor do legal niceties.>
> Nonsense. If ethical reflection was useless, no one would do it. It isn't
> useless, it is vital to all formation of culture.

No one ever does anything useless? Hah!

Even if true, the only plausible form of that is "no one does anything useless
to them". So ethical reflection may be fun, or impress one's philospher
peers, or let one get away with a lifestyle with no heavy lifting. These
would be useful to the reflector without providing any use to society's

Just as extropian or Usenet yakking about technology has little to do with
creating new technology and a fair bit with expressing ourselves and feeling

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Until the bravest of the brave
Was forced to leave the poorest of the poor.