Re: Extropians list to become two lists

Nick Bostrom (
Tue, 2 Jun 1998 03:28:20 +0000

Peter C. McCluskey writes:

> (Paul Hughes) writes:
> >Polymath list is a perfect case in point. The level of discussion is intelligent
> >but also completely inbred. I don't see much memetic evolution taking place there -
> >only the same ideas hashed over again, with an occasional new hypothesis to stir
> >things up.
> The polymath has had much more influence on my ideas in the past 6 months
> than the extropians list had over the past 2 years.

I too find the polymath list extremely valuable. A central feature
of the "inbreeding" that Paul speaks of consists of exploring a
smaller number of issues in greater depth than has been ever been
done before. (You could call this "penetration" if you want.)

Nicholas Bostrom
Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
London School of Economics