Re: Transhuman List Blatant Commentary

Lee Daniel Crocker (
Wed, 1 Sep 1999 20:44:18 -0700 (PDT)

> The Extropian Principles is a pragmatic document, advocating
> a willingness to change and evolve and explicilty eschewing
> ideological commitments. When push comes to shove, wouldn't
> we all rather be pragmatists than worm food?

Frankly, no. I want to live forever precisely /because/ there are wonderful things like food, sex, art, philosophy, freedom. If I could achieve immortality by becoming a slave providing those things for someone else, I wouldn't bother.

I am not such a hard-liner about specific freedoms and specific political structures of the moment--hell, I can't even define what "libertarian" is in a any philosophically rigorous way (and neither can anyone else, despite what Randians tell you). If other systems will get me the kind of life I want, I'll certainly entertain them (though current evidence suggests otherwise). But I do know that I want more than mere continuation of my existence; I want /life/ in every sense of the word. If that's an "ideological commitment", then sobeit.

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