Re: extropian stance on cloning
Fri, 16 May 1997 00:51:21 -0500 (EST)

On Tue, 13 May 1997, Kathryn Aegis wrote:

> A while back in our cloning discussions, I think that I read some
> excellent statements on the extropian viewpoint regarding this new
> technology.
> I'd like to get a few statements from those who were involved in the
> discussion for the purpose of writing a short article for a political
> web magazine that has asked me to represent the futurist viewpoints on
> various topics. Very nice of them to do so, as they could have
> restricted their scope to the usual range of
> progressive-to-conservative. Good chance to spread a few memes!

I did not contribute to the origianl discussion, but have this bit to add.
Many people like to appeal to "God's Will" as reason to oppose cloning.
You could note in your article that even if there is a god, it is no
longer in control. Humans are reinventing themselves on their own terms,
and we don't need permission.
People who can not reason in human terms are ill equiped to deal with
challenges such as cloning, and the breakthroughs that will follow.

Michael Bowling