From: Brian Atkins (
Date: Sat Apr 28 2001 - 12:06:51 MDT

Amara Graps wrote:
> Three things?
> OK. Here's 4.
> 1.) I learned that there may be people like him in my science
> press conferences and that I should be prepared.
> (Very important, actually)
> 2.) I learned to better bite my tongue, cool my anger, and try to be as
> diplomatic as I possibly could.
> 3.) I learned better that humor can have a tension-breaking effect.
> 4.) I learned better better to VERY QUICKLY drop the disagreement,
> as I could see that it would not improve my own temper, mood,
> or my life.

That's great for interacting with people in RL, or other circumstances
outside this list. I practice such things myself (ok, so I'm working on #4).
What I rail against is being forced to adopt such "tactful" efforts here.

It'll be a sad day when everyone here has to post in such a "nice" way, or
risk offending the newbies, people-we-are-trying-to-convert, and other list
members who can't deal with our ideas. Maybe we need an "Extropians-lite"
list for that kind of stuff.

Brian Atkins
Director, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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