Re: Mushroom farming

Anders Sandberg (
Mon, 28 Jul 1997 10:16:08 +0200 (MET DST)

On Mon, 28 Jul 1997, Nicholas Bostrom wrote:

> Anders Sandberg <> wrote:
> > (Apropos mushrooms: I hope you have all heard that the chanterelle
> > has been successfully cultivated! Can't remember the reference, I
> > suspect french scientists. This is great news for all us lovers of
> > this yellow delicacy...)
> I think it was a group in Stockholm.
> I know this is a very un-extropian reaction, but doesn't the mere
> fact that they can be cultivated somehow make them less delicious?
> Their exclusiveness was sort of part of the pleasure!

Well, I have never thought of it that way. Although I would likely be
less enthusiastic about them if they were a staple (in old contracts
for handymen in northern sweden there were sometimes a paragraph that
saved them from having to eat salmon more than five days a week), I
think the basic taste (lightly salted, with some garlic and onions,
served on roast bread...) is valuable in itself.

Pleasures should not be overdone, since we become habituated to them,
but I prefere the possibility of indulging in them when we want (and
at a reasonable price) instead of when we happen to stumble across a
mushroom patch in the forest.

Anders Sandberg Towards Ascension!
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