Re: META: How many Transhumanist Moms and Dads?

From: Alex Future Bokov (
Date: Sat Oct 14 2000 - 10:15:01 MDT


On Sat, 14 Oct 2000, Sabine Atkins wrote:

> After reading so many posts about parent's reactions on their children's
> interests, I feel so lucky to have my Mom. About the same time I became
> Transhumanist, she was honestly interested in what I was interested in.
> And became a Transhumanist herself. Now she sits for hours in front of
> her computer, reading all messages from the German Transhumanist Group
> DE:Trans. And she hopes her English will become better, so she can read
> the Extropians, too. She was and still is the only female person I can
> talk with about Sysop scenarios, cryonics (she's a member of CI, too)
> and uploading.

You are lucky indeed.
> But I don't think my Mom's the only Mom that doesn't dislike
> Transhumanist ideas. I would be very interested to hear about your
> experiences with your parents or other family members.

My father is an artist, with the same sort of obsessive
singlemindedness that I try not to exhibit (but do) toward science and
technology. Which is to say, if something isn't ART and we're talking
Van Gough or earlier, then it's worthless. My mom actually can grasp
the concepts, and isn't shocked by them, and can even be supportive.
Then again, she also believes in Astrology, Feng Shui, Christianity,
biorythms, homeopathy, and god only knows what else.

Perhaps the difference between an Extropian and a New Ager is that both
score high on Eliezer's Shock Level scale, but the New Ager doesn't
have ver fanciful thinking counterbalanced by the discipline of
rational, critical thinking.

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