RE: Singularity Blindness

From: Emlyn O'regan (
Date: Tue Oct 23 2001 - 23:48:46 MDT

Mark Walker wrote:
> Ideally, I suppose, we should be enrolling our children in
> transhumanist kindergartens. What was it that the Jesuits
> used to say? "Give
> me a child until he is 15 and he is mine for life."

No no no!

All we've should really have to do is to help our kids to think for
themselves, and trust their own judgement. If they can do this successfully,
and don't end up transhumanists, this is not a fault with the children!

Perhaps the most pleasing thing to me about transhumanism is that there is
no culture guiding people to it... people seem to come up with the basic
ideas themselves, just by thinking about the world, and then find that there
are a group of people out there who think similarly. No indoctrination
required, as it should be. That's kind of the point of much of it, and the
reason that transhumanists don't tend to have a lot of time for cults &

Actually, one fine point I would pick with this is that "western culture" is
pretty strongly individualistic [ :-) ] and there are strong pro-technology
aspects, perhaps implying that there is a cultural path to transhumanism.
Maybe more of a firetrail. Certainly not a cultural roadblock.



BRIAN: Look. You've got it all wrong. You don't need to follow me. You don't need to follow anybody! You've got to think for yourselves. You're all individuals! FOLLOWERS: Yes, we're all individuals! BRIAN: You're all different! FOLLOWERS: Yes, we are all different! DENNIS: I'm not.

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