Re: The image of transhumanism (Memetic Toolkit)
Mon, 6 Jul 1998 17:44:55 EDT

In a message dated 98-07-05 19:54:26 EDT, Natasha More wrote:

> 6. Historical Parallels:  people seem to be more receptive to new or

> challenging ideas if they are given concrete examples of events in history
> have some bearing on what we are discussing.

This is a very good point, and one I also use in discussing transhumanism with people. I often ask people to think about the major changes in world view and lifestyle that happened in the last half of the 18th century and point out parallels between our own time and the Enlightenment. It often gets people to focus on the fact that that some periods in history DO involve fundamental change and that this just might be one of them.

	Greg Burch     <>----<>
	   Attorney  :::  Director, Extropy Institute  :::  Wilderness Guide   -or-
	           "Good ideas are not adopted automatically.  They must
	              be driven into practice with courageous impatience."