disappointing responses

Robin Hanson (hanson@hss.caltech.edu)
Wed, 2 Apr 1997 09:49:35 -0800 (PST)

"Perry E. Metzger" writes:
>I'm somewhat disappointed by the sorts of responses that were sent to
>Anonymous' original message about extropians who "talk the talk but
>don't walk the walk", and my subsequent message on the same topic.
>... it doesn't appear that many people have been able to
>contradict the fundamental premise, which is that many (though
>certainly not all!) extropian types don't seem to actively work
>towards their long term financial self interest, or their long term
>physical survival. ... accepted without letting my
>ego get in the way that I'd been screwing up my finances for some
>time, and decided to work on that problem instead of wasting time
>posting messages to the net all day. ...

If you thought your finances were screwed up, and that you weren't
getting much value from posting, then of course you did well to change
your priorities. But why must you assume we share your problems and
values? Maybe most of us are making reasonable tradeoffs between
health, wealth, and enjoying life. Part of enjoying life is
participating in communities such as this one.

Robin D. Hanson hanson@hss.caltech.edu http://hss.caltech.edu/~hanson/