RE: Herding Extropycats [was Shame on Australia]

Date: Fri Aug 31 2001 - 11:18:23 MDT

Original Message:
From: Olga Bourlin

>Granted that Extropycats don't follow the herd. But, then again, is
un-herd-like behavior its own herd-like behavior? That is to say, are
Extropians gathering under the Black Sheep Uncolaition? [I've deliberately
misspelled that last word - reference is to a couple of old soft drink
commercials, not the word "coalition."]<

The heterodox becomes a conformist of his own heterodoxy.

>Will this tendency of not being herd-like (cf. to the general public) help
or hinder technological goals? (As I see it, it may well both help and
hinder - e.g., help because of the independent thinking that Extropians may
do well, hinder because of a certain lack of empathy for the cats of the
world, or an unwillingness to deal with the Beastmasters in the world?)<

It's a major misconception that extropians and other transhumanists lack of empathy or even sympathy toward others. Some on this list may feel that way, but it's clearly a personal stance and not an extropian view.


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