Re: the Extropian War on Ignorance (was: the Extropian Religious War)

From: J. R. Molloy (
Date: Thu Jul 12 2001 - 21:09:29 MDT

From: "John M Grigg" <>
> Some people with their positive-minded religious faith can feel such deep
happiness and accomplish vastly more in life then they could without it. I am
not talking about the Joan of Arcs' or Moses' of the world, but common people
who still have inward experiences which validate their belief.

Speaking as one with no more than ordinary respect for the accomplishments of
Moses, et al. (because it may take a Moses to know one, so they say), how
shall we think that a Moses differs from a common human? Shall we deem a hand
that holds a lump of gold less common than a hand that holds a lump of clay?
Or is it rather the contents of each that makes a difference? To the extent
direct experience and empirical evidence displaces ritual, ceremony, and
tradition in forming human views of reality, it makes common humans more like
Moses. That is my experience.

Good-bye is such an ugly word, so I'll just say farewell,

--J. R.

Useless hypotheses, etc.:
 consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will, qualia,
analog computing, cultural relativism, GAC, CYC, and ELIZA

We won't move into a better future until we debunk religiosity, the most
regressive force now operating in society.

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