From: Neal Blaikie (
Date: Sat Apr 28 2001 - 15:04:09 MDT

Brian Atkins wrote:

> 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.

What exactly is wrong with tact? How do you expect reasonable people to listen
to anything you have to say if you disrespect them? This should work here as
well as in "RL."

> 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.

How is not being nice or offensive extropic? (Seems more entropic to me.) What
is your definition of "newbie"? Anyone who isn't exactly like you? And are you
serious about trying to convert people? Wow. I never thought of transhumanism
or extropianism as cults, but your statement certainly makes them sound that
way. Maybe it's not the ideas certain people are having trouble dealing with,
Brian. Maybe it's your rhetorical style.

Just a thought.

Neal Blaikie

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