Re: Extropians: The Un-<that 'c' word>

Geoff Smith (
Fri, 20 Jun 1997 14:13:43 -0700 (PDT)

On Thu, 19 Jun 1997, Max More wrote:

> At 05:37 PM 6/19/97 -0400, you wrote:
> >
> >> I don't see it here. Of course, we could then market ourselves as the
> >> Un-Cult or Anti-Cult. Considering that most ignoramuses see philosophy
> >> (Max's pidgin) as religion for intellectuals or pretentious theology,
> >> perhaps it would behoove us to angle ExI on a more political line in
> >> order to make plain our strictly non-religious focus.
> >
> >Having said that, the ExI logo and the website do look a bit
> >'cultish'.
> That's useful feedback, thanks. Do other folks agree? The spiral logo is a
> neat way of saying "here is extropian stuff" but if it really does give the
> wrong impression we might need to scale back on its use. Is it just the
> spiral logo, or do other aspects of the site give a misleading impression.

I don't think there is anything cultish about the spiral logo.. I don't
think anyone mistakes a bunch of arrows for a religious symbol. The only
cultish-extropian thing I've ever experienced on the web was the picture
on your web site (I think it's gone now) of you looking at your watch or
something with a computer generated 3-d landscape in the background. It's
not neccessarily that this IS a cultish image, but it could be
misinterpreted to be something like the whitewashed picture of that
maharishi guy superimposed on a bunch of clouds.

geoff smith.