RE: regarding the YINYANG post on extropians

From: Harvey Newstrom (
Date: Fri Jul 27 2001 - 07:21:59 MDT

J. R. Molloy wrote,
> From: "Harvey Newstrom" <>
> > > > My fear is that any system that destroys groups for incorrect
> > > > thinking will quickly turn on us!
> > >
> > > That doesn't sound like much to be afraid of.
> >
> > But who decides what is correct thinking?
> When you wrote "a system" I thought you meant "a system" -- not
> a group of people.
> Or, to test if thinking is incorrect, look at its results.
> Incorrect thinking
> is that which doesn't work. Come to think of it, we already have
> a system that
> can identify incorrect thinking... it's called science.

This sounds good, but even systems have to be interpreted by people. Has
cryonics produced results? Has nanotech produced results? Has life
extension produced results? Someone has to interpret the value of potential
results. Even these scientific technologies are controversial with many
scientists claiming that they do not and never will produce results. There
will always be disagreements. I still fear one parson's science being
forced onto others. There is no one-true-science any more than there is

Harvey Newstrom <> <>

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