Re: extropian memes

Borys Wrobel (
Tue, 23 Jun 1998 11:30:55 -0600

both scooby doo and johny quest are still being shown on cartoon network,
at least in europe they are. i used to watch them when I was a kid, though
mainy for linguistical reasons (as an adolescent rather, then), preferred
top cat actually because of that :-).

>we will all likely agree that extropian memes spread and mutate
>much more readily among the young, which interests me in the
>concepts to be found in childrens literature.
>there was a cartoon in about the late 60s-early 70s (tho my childhood
>memories are dim) about a talking dog and four teenagers who went
>about solving crimes and such: scooby doo. recently it occurred
>to me that the dog and the dumb guy were superstitious, whereas the
>smart ones solved the mysteries using logic and reason. there was always a
>logical explanation to everything in the end, whereas the bad guys were
>trying to scare them away using techniques that were effective only on
>the superstitious non-logical players.
>there was another show called johnny quest, where johnny and his
>scientist father and companions go about saving the world, again
>thru technological means. they would always overcome techno-evildoers
>by producing a still more sophisticated technological solution.
>i salute the creators of these childrens shows. perhaps it was
>partially thru their influence that my thinking is extropian today,
>this philosphy being a natural extention of the anti-superstitious
>techno-can-do-ism of scooby doo and johnny quest.
>(sorry max more, i suspect both of these shows were before your time... {8^D