Re: Definitions for Transhumanism

Reilly Jones (
Sun, 12 Apr 1998 23:47:41 -0400

Nick Bostrom wrote 4/12/98:

<4. "life-promoting principles and values". I don't know anybody who
would say of his own values and principles that they are *not*
"life-promoting". It sounds like either empty rethoric or, worse,
like a commitment to the anti-abortion, anti-euthanesia stance.>

Indeed, they wouldn't *say* it because it doesn't sound very nice, but do
they mean it and live it? You cannot truly claim to be "life-promoting"
and yet allow the murder of the weak, the sick and the old. To claim to be
"life-promoting" without "a commitment to the anti-abortion,
anti-euthanasia stance" is to live an ugly lie. Subject, of course, to the
reasonable polycentric options I have previously spelled out.

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