Re: Transhuman List Blatant Commentary

den Otter (
Wed, 01 Sep 1999 18:34:17 +0200

> From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky <>

> Hear, hear! I think that Singularitarianism is better than
> transhumanism, and I think that Externalist Singularitarianism (there's
> a mouthful) is better than ordinary Singularitarianism. If I didn't
> believe that, I wouldn't be one. Yes, I think my philosophy is better
> than your philosophy. I think it has greater logical rigor and promotes
> stronger minds. That's what it's all about: There *Is* A Better Way.

Yes, and here it is:
General goal: infinite existence under the best possible conditions. Primary means to achieve this: reason, science and technology. Motivation: enlightened self-interest.
(whole story at

> den Otter thinks selfishness is superior to Externalism,

I belief that Externalism is a figment of the imagination, to be precise. A wild, unfounded speculation at best. "Selfishness", or rather enlightened self-interest, on the other hand is very real and very practical (so yes, of course it's superior). Get hip dude, get Internalist.

> It's time to admit that some philosophies are better than others. "My
> philosophy is better than your philosophy" is not a statement of
> inherent moral superiority, or an insult to the other, but an attempt to
> create and transmit a Better Way - no different from "My design for
> active shields is better than your design for active shields."

Amen to that...