Re: META: How many Transhumanist Moms and Dads?

From: Ralph Lewis (
Date: Sat Oct 14 2000 - 17:38:15 MDT

My father was quite interested in manned space flight and science and
technology in general and supportive of my interest in science even my
ventures in pyrotechnical chemistry when I was quite young.

The rules were simply not to blow myself up or get my girlfriends pregnant.

Of course this may be relative. While still supportive, they are not too
happy that I am gay (although they have treated my lovers like members of
the family) and were definitely not happy when I got a motorcycle. So
transhumanism is not a big thing to them. Although, I brought up the subject
of being frozen when it was clear my fathers cancer was terminal and he
decided to pass in it. My father wanted to live to see the day men landed on
Mars and time was running out for him unless he was placed in suspension.

Best Ralph

At 10:04 AM 10/14/2000 -0400, you wrote:
>Hi all!
>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.
>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.
>If this question has been brought up earlier already, I apologize for
>repeating it.
>Best wishes + long life
>Sabine Atkins --
>Director, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence
> --
>Member of Extropy Institute, DE:Trans, Cryonics Institute
Ralph Lewis, Professor of Management and Human Resources
College of Business
California State University, Long Beach
Long Beach, California

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