Re: Is Expecting Future Strangeness Our Essense?

Forrest Bishop (
Mon, 18 Aug 1997 15:59:35 -0500 (CDT)

Robin wrote:
>Hal Finney quotes Gregory J. E. Rawlins:
>> ... A century or so
>> from now, the earth may simply be the home world of a
>> species rich and strange, a fiercely new and amazingly
>> interesting species---transhumanity.
>Listening to Greg Stock at Extro 3 I formed this hypothesis: that what
>most unites us is a conviction that within a century (or two at most)
>the world will be a VERY different place. ..

>But I wonder: is there any smart person out there who understands the
>sorts of arguements that lead us to expect strangeness, and yet who
>disagrees with our conclusion?
>Robin D. Hanson

None that I've found.
There are however, many brilliant people that simply close off
such speculation. You spoke of your cohorts at Caltech being
more interested in immediate career goals.