RE:Present dangers to transhumanism
Thu, 26 Aug 1999 13:34:32 -0700

Thank you, Waldemar, for bringing up these questions. I can add a couple of 'dangers':

  1. I agree with the 'delegation' concern.
  2. There is a sort of 'guru' or 'genius' mentality that we need to resist. Some are trying to bill themselves as 'geniuses', and some are actively annointing others as 'geniuses'. None of us has the last word on this area of thought. I think that we need to reach out to each other to do more mentoring and more collaborative work. I see far too little nurturing of young thinkers and far too much competing with them. (Or, if it is happening, it's happening among the men, but see number 3)
  3. It is nearly the year 2000. The world's populations, by any measure, are increasingly linked and racially mixing. Gender power is shifting to a more 50/50 balance. Look around at your groups, however, and ask yourself if we reflect that. Ask yourself what you are doing to reach out to and support the few women who show interest, or someone who is racially different. Just having them around means nothing if they are not fully engaged.

Kathryn Aegis

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