Powerful Extropian Memes

Terry Donaghe (tdonaghe@yahoo.com)
Wed, 10 Mar 1999 07:11:08 -0800 (PST)

I was thinking about the RainForest/Extropian connection this morning and the comment someone made that science will eventually replace all of the extinct animals we've killed...

In this month's Discover magazine there's an article about Japanese scientists that want to clone a Wooly Mammoth.

Humans with our technology have done great damage to our planet (or at least parts of it). The left-greenies (Al Gore comes to mind) suggest that we should rethink our reliance on technology as a possible solution. Us Extropians know that that's hogwash.

Technology got us into this mess (pollution, extinctions, etc.), and it's the only thing that can get us out.

Your average Joe on the street probably wouldn't even pause to consider that immortality is inevitable, but he may get excited to know that technology will eventually help us rebuild our planet.

If we, as Extropians, are to become activists, maybe this could be a large part of our message. I think people will "buy" into the idea of technology as a curative force for the planet quicker than they will "buy" one primarily promoting immortality, space colonization, and artificial intelligence. (Not to say that we should back off those subjects...)


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