Re: A Classical Humanist Worldview

From: Anders Sandberg (
Date: Wed Oct 03 2001 - 06:41:06 MDT

On Tue, Oct 02, 2001 at 07:50:08PM -0700, Rick Potvin wrote:

I especially found the claim that since classical humanism was a proven
framework and physical immortalism has few adherents extremely
compelling. Obviously the older and more established an idea is, the
more correct it must be. Hence the Pope must be right about everything.

I consider myself a humanist (of the renaissance/enlightenment
persuasion) and a physical immortalist. I think it would be sad if
humanism is relegated to the scrapheap of history by not embracing the
new possibilities and subjecting them to critical analysis. Far too much
of the recent "humanism" is merely a kind of conservatism seeking to
keep the discourse within the traditional issues rather than adapt the
core humanist visions to new contexts. That is one reason it makes sense
to put a "trans-" in front of humanism.

Somehow I find the combination of LaRouche and humanism both sad and
hillarious. What would Erasmus and Mirandola say?

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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