Re: Present dangers to transhumanism
Sun, 29 Aug 1999 12:00:11 EDT

In a message dated 99-08-28 12:21:31 EDT, (Waldemar Ingdahl) wrote:

> Exactly my point. The "left" and "right" labels are becoming more and more
> irrelevant even in MAINSTREAM society. It perhaps has it use to describe
> from where a particular person reached transhumanism. But transhumanism
> new, more relevant questions that the old ideologies cannot answer. So
> the "left" and "right" transhumanism, what I intended with that point in
> previous letter is that some of us can attack the old, increasingly
> anti-transhumanism left (without dropping their own values) in a way they
> really don't expect.

I agree: "left" and "right" and "liberal" and "conservative" are by and large now empty icons used solely for purposes of purely political power movements in our societies, not to express any well-thought-out ideological content. I've plugged the book here, before, but will once again recommend Virginia Postrel's "The Future and Its Enemies", in which she proposes two new terms; "dynamist" and "stasist" (not "statist", although the term does have that nice connotation). You can find a review I've written of Postrel's book (and E.O. Wilson's "Consilience") in Extropy Online at:


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