Re: Improving the list (was: Can we please dekookify the list?)

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Sun, 28 Feb 1999 16:53:53 -0600

Natasha Vita-More wrote:
> At 08:31 PM 2/27/99 -0600, Eliezer wrote:
> >Newcomers to the list get any letter received by any of the most
> >prominent Extropians (MPEs) using the system, a list which should
> >consist of Max More, Lee Daniel Crocker, and Anders Sandberg. Filtered
> >archives would contain all of these letters, minus any that were marked
> >"down" by an MPE, unless at least one MPE marked them "up".
> I find this type of flag waving adolescent. Rather than continually
> lobbying extropians who you think are important, perhaps you might make
> contributions yourself to Extropy Institute in ways that are inviting
> rather than perpetually alienating and placing one person above another.

Oh, give me a break. Somebody has to bite the bullet and do it - our culture forbids them from nominating themselves - and selecting just three people makes it bloody well obvious that I'm not picking ALL the Real Extropians, just three of them. I didn't cite Damien Broderick, or yourself, or *myself* (although I haven't been around long enough), or Eric Watt Forste (is he still on the list?) or any of the other MPEs. If I cannot suggest that specific responsibility be delegated to specific people without causing internecine warfare, then the internecine warfareers are out of luck, 'cause I'm still gonna do it.

--         Eliezer S. Yudkowsky

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