Nigel Jacob (
Fri, 25 Jul 1997 01:43:00 -0400 (EDT)

I'm something of a student of exploration. Specifically, I'm most
interested in the 19th century American expansion into the Southwest. I am
currently in the midst of compiling an historical analysis on how
exploration as a social phenomena extends the concept of humanity.

It is my contention that the notion of a physical Frontier to be
explored, settled, tamed, understood etc. is central in determining
whether or not humanity(either en masse, or individually) can "evolve", in
any meaningful use of that term. Thus, I am curious as to whether or not
any of you think that extropianism can succeed as a movement within the
confines of a society without an accessable Frontier.

Is it likely that extropianism, or any phenomological decendent of
such, can truly take hold within this society? And if so, do we risk
becoming a subculture?