Re: re [2]: What is "New Age"?

Jules Arntz-Gray (
Tue, 10 Jun 1997 21:20:17 -0700 (PDT)

On Mon, 9 Jun 1997, Mark Crosby wrote:

> This sounds no different to me from the Christian Apocalypse &
> Resurrection. We're supposed to regress back into the womb, the void,
> from everything back to nothing, renouncing our worldly 'sins'! Isn't
> that wonderful? This is the death wish most whimpish religions aspire
> to rather than the rough and tumble, creative destruction of a truly
> pluralistic extropian universe. (It's also why I sometimes hanker for
> heroes and am eager to believe in boundaries for borganisms, and for
> creepy nanofog clouds of grey-goo clones out to consume the cosmos...

I'm no fan of the Christian meme but I don't think your
connection is quite right. Almost any religion sounds like the "new age"
idea, and some quite a bit more than Christianity. In fact it is a heresy
to consider yourself a minute portion of the one, the all, God etc. It
actually sounds more like the Omega point theory which some extropian
minded people put some stock in.


"I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things
remote. I love to sail forbidden seas..."

Herman Melville
Moby Dick