From: Ian Arcatling (
Date: Sun Oct 22 2000 - 18:37:31 MDT

>From: "Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" <>
>You don't join the Extropy Institute to get all the valuable membership
>benefits, because you're right; there aren't any. You join ExI to help
>the revolution.

     I never realized. Is that official ExI policy?

>It's just like sending money to CARE or the Red Cross or

     In that case, wouldn't it be better not to call it "membership"?
Perhaps there could be some kind of slogan at the site, like: "Don't give
your contribution to CARE or the Red Cross -- give your contribution to us,
and help fund the revolution."

     If this had been what it had said at the Extropy site, I would not have
complained that I don't get anything for my membership fee. Then again, I
would never have sent it in if that is what it had said at the Extropy site.

>the difference being that (a) your dollars accomplish around a
>hundred times as much; and (b) you get to put "Member, Extropy Institute"
>your web page or signature line.

     Stupid me -- I never thought to take advantage of that benefit while I
was a member, and now it is too late. Or is it? Who knows? It is probably
just as difficult to find out whether I am not a member as it was to receive
confirmation that I was a member. If people want to pay just for being
able to put "Member, Extropy Institute" in their signature line, they should
be warned that besides money, it also takes half a year of writing to
Extropy officials before they get to know whether they are members or not.

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