Re: STORY: The Transhumanist Racist

Michael S. Lorrey (
Wed, 09 Jun 1999 09:41:05 -0400

Anders Sandberg wrote:

> Unfortunately I agree with Eliezer. My (very limited) experience of
> discussing with racists show that they are not particularly fond of
> having their views of the world disturbed. However, I noted that they
> are indeed rather susceptible to biological arguments, which makes
> them even more upset when you start throwing some transhumanist ideas
> at them. They usually retreat to cultural superiority instead, which
> was the reason I had the Doctor add memetic engineering.
> Seriously, I don't think we will be very successful at "curing"
> racists by arguments like this. It is not much a question about
> rationality but rather dealing with an emotional worldview. But
> technologies like above may of course make that worldview ever more
> untenable.

Having spent time in the military (which attracts both minorities and dumb rednecks) as well as out west, I can from experience state that racism is in fact a matter of ignorance. Ignorance is curable. Granted if an ignorant person is bombarded with the same stupid ideas for long enough, it becomes more difficult to enlighten them.


Michael S. Lorrey
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