Re: Mark Pesce: nanotech on Art Bell - broadcast is encoded and

From: Mark Plus (
Date: Wed Apr 25 2001 - 14:24:33 MDT

I might add that Bart Kosko was on Bell's show a few weeks back, discussing
similar Transhumanistic ideas. Bell is a good test case for the hypothesis,
"There is no such thing as bad publicity," when it comes to finding forums
for getting the message out about foreseeable radical transformations in the
human condition.

>From: Russell Whitaker <>
>Subject: Re: Mark Pesce: nanotech on Art Bell - broadcast is encoded and
>Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 12:32:50 -0700 (PDT)
>Interesting point, but it fails to take into account
>that Art Bell's show is syndicated live
>worldwide in more markets than any other AM
>(mediumwave) show - or, for that matter, any other
>radio show of any type in history - and is thus
>for that reason alone a _very_ attractive soapbox.
>Let me put it this way: if _you_ were offered 4 hours
>on a worldwide radio show where the radio host, no
>matter his personal views (Art Bell, in this case),
>gave you an opportunity to talk about something you
>love, and treated you in a consistently gentlemanly
>manner, would _you_ turn it down?
>Judging a man
>by the company he keeps is not a 100% reliable
>personality assessment metric, by the way,
>_especially_ when someone is trying to step
>outside his or her comfort zone and convince
>strangers of something they'd not previously
>It's worth noting that a large number of good,
>non-flaky scientists have indeed done just that,
>using Art Bell's show as a soapbox.
>The 2.5 hours I heard of Mark Pesce's 4.0 hour
>appearance were a remarkable performance. I've
>not heard the first 1.5 hours but, if they're
>anything like the latter hours, I must congratulate
>Mark on a job well done. I've done - in the distant
>past before I swore off it - radio, TV, newspaper,
>and magazine interviews. It's a hard job. Doing
>it for 4 hours - and doing it well - is an
>Mark is a transhumanist, not an extropian (his words
>to me in email), but the bulk of what he said is what
>of us might have said if we were as practiced as
>Mark. This is a "credit where credit is due" issue.
>--- "L. Turetsky" <> wrote:
> > What does being featured on Art Bell's show say
> > about nanotech? (For
> > the record, I've heard OF the show, but have never
> > actually heard it.
> > What I've heard OF it is pretty much what Russell
> > wrote: "marginal or
> > outright kooky themes".)
> >
> > We are, after all, judged by the company we keep...
> >
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