Re: META: How many Transhumanist Moms and Dads?

From: Spike Jones (
Date: Sat Oct 14 2000 - 18:15:43 MDT

> At 10:04 AM 10/14/00 -0400, Sabine wrote:
> >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 mother has been a computer enthusiast for the last 30 years.
She bought a PDP-11 back in the late 70s and has watched the
technology develop over the years. A few weeks ago she replaced
her desktop machine with a 1 GHz model P3 and loves it.

Now of course, the poor woman is deeply deluded and seriously
misguided, because she thinks microsloth makes wonderful products,
but compared to what she had to work with in the 70s, I suppose
it is.

Interesting point: I was able to convince her to do cryonics, but
she went along only because I wanted her to: she didnt put a
penny of stock in it. But in the last couple years the idea has
grown on her. She did a simple linear extrapolation on the
computer power and realized there is a damn good chance
that uploading will eventually be practical, but probably not
in her natural lifetime. Heres the part that I am very proud of
my mother: she realized that her religious notions might be all
wrong, and that cryonics and religion together allow one to
cover both bases so to speak. The transhumanist notions
come pretty naturally, after one begins to extrapolate technology
into the future, eh? spike

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