Re: Extropian Cult
Fri, 13 Jun 1997 15:39:26 -0400 (EDT)

Dan Hook writes:

> I would not worry about it. Most of the cult activities that people worry
> about are illegal anyway (like psychedelic drug use, hey wait a second...
> :>).

The extropian interest in smart drugs could be a problem. Especially the
illegal ones.

> Others are quite stupid and rather opposed to Extropian ideas. Of
> course, the word "cult" most likely would inspire some people to suspend
> all rational judgment, so they might not realize that uploading is a
> not an end, never mind more subtle things (anarcho-capatilism for one).

I don't think people would see Extropian ideas as a threat until they start
to become a reality. Most people can't grasp them, or simply dismiss them as
stupidity. However, if we started serious attempts to aid research into
these things (which I would like to see us do) then they'll be problems.

> We have a long way to go before we reach the level of cult that the
> Catholic church has reached. Of course, we have a long way to go before
> reach their level of political pull as well (at which point everyone would
> start losing political pull, anarcho-capatilism forever!).

How about an extropian party!? Maybe then we'll see some change.