Re: comparisons with other lists

From: Greg Burch (
Date: Mon Aug 06 2001 - 07:58:36 MDT

----- Original Message -----
From: "Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" <>
Sent: Monday, August 06, 2001 3:13 AM

> Note to self - if any discussion of racism or sexism comes up, on any list
> I moderate, *bzzt* it instantly.
> Problem solved! It *is* that simple!
> Lists are *allowed to stay on-topic*. If something is controversial, even
> if there is a moral obligation that someone somewhere think about it
> today, there are other lists. Not every issue needs to be discussed in
> every place. Racism is not a nonissue, I salute the people who fight it,
> and I am proud to this day of the few very minor blows I've struck in the
> battle on racism. But it is not an issue that the lists I moderate need
> to handle.

Unfortunately, I don't think it *is* that simple. Transhumanism and
extropianism are all about human nature and changing that nature. Race and
sex are part of human nature. If we're going to talk about transcending the
current human condition, we will perforce discuss these topics.

Greg Burch
Vice-President, Extropy Institute

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