Re: Extropian handshake

Date: Wed Nov 07 2001 - 23:10:26 MST

Ed Regis got the mechanics largely right, although he left out Dave Krieger's
important admonition, "Thumb on the outside! Thumb on the outside!" And Ed
didn't describe the most fitting accompanying exhortation: "Forward!" (as
palms contact) "Upward!" (as hands rise) "Outward!" (as hands separate at the

Silly? Very. But humor played a big role in those early Extropian gatherings
(and no doubt still does, albeit perhaps in better taste and with less
energy). Some of us even posited a 6th Principle: Earn Fun.

Still, I wouldn't say, as does John:

>I think the handshake originated in the
>eighties, when extropianism was more of a "club" with young members
>thinking a little along the lines of a college fraternity.

I'm not sure what I would have called the early Extropian movement, but I'm
sure I would not have called it a fraternity!

Nor would I say:

>I just can't imagine Max More ever being so youthfully exuberant! ;)

I, for one, can hardly imagine Max as *not* youthfully exuberant!

T.0. Morrow

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