"...Death is an evil" (Sappho 630 BC)

From: J Corbally (icorb@indigo.ie)
Date: Thu Oct 04 2001 - 17:15:23 MDT

>Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2001 10:14:45 -0400 (EDT)
>From: "Alex F. Bokov" <alexboko@umich.edu>
>Subject: Re: "...Death is an evil" (Sappho 630 BC)
>On Tue, 2 Oct 2001, Damien Broderick wrote:
> > If something like this were shown to be true, death literally would be
> seen
> > as a disease, akin to kuru. Medical means might be found to block the
> prion
> > form and promote benign conformations. What then for the pious? Must we
> > assume that God has allowed this vile disorder for our own good, or even
> > cast it upon humankind as a punishment? But if that's so, it must apply as
> > well to other illnesses, yet even the pious, unless they are very odd,
> seek
> > cures for infections and heart conditions, etc. Why not for death?
>I doubt it's prions, but hey, I'm wrong more and more these days.
>Whatever the cause of aging, infectious, genetic, or thermodynamic, it
>IS a disease. Once we nail it, I'm sure it will be the same damn
>Darwin and Galileo crap all over again. If the 'pious' are still the
>dominant culture when this happens they'll put us on trial, maybe kill
>us, and then quietly make their peace with us a century or two later
>(if they're still around and I'm not too optimistic).

>What we need is a separate, and well-defended nation founded on
>rational principles and governed in an anarcho-capitalist manner so we
>can all move there and carry on our work, giving the rest of humanity
>some time and space to catch up.

Finally, someone who is prepared to say it aloud! We need an
"experimental" country based on the Extropian Principles/Transhumanist
ideals that can be "tweaked" and modified. This would certainly get
big-time press for these concepts. A working system based on these ideas
would show the robustness of the philosophy, plus get a good share of
immigration as it would likely be far less restrictive of its citizenry.

I'd been toying with the idea of writing a constitution for such a nation,
but I'm just not up to the job. Any takers? :))

Of course, where would we put it?


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