Re: Future Perfect
Wed, 17 Mar 1999 22:16:31 -0800 (PST)

Eliezer wrote:

> >And today's question is:
> >
> >Where do you want to live?
> >
> >Permutation City?
> >The Culture?
> >The High Beyond?
> >(I'm guessing these will be the top three.)
> >Or some creation of your own?

Without hesitation: The culture of the Aristoi. With the Banksian Culture coming in second.

I suspect that especially extropian transhumanists would find the institutions of the Logarchy implausibly statist, but seems to me that the Aristoi actually had a civilization worth fighting for. (Banks seems to think that Cultural institutions are spontaneous and practically inevitable products of diaspora -- so this probably seems more congenial to most transhumanists here and now.) Both utopias are nicely hedonic lefty domestications of the singularity, tho' -- and I'm all for that!

Best, Dale

	  	   Dale Carrico |
	  University of California at Berkeley, Department of Rhetoric

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	Otherwise, they will kill you. -- George Bernard Shaw
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