Re: Gingrich, Moynihan step down

Paul Hughes (
Thu, 12 Nov 1998 19:53:41 -0800

Max More wrote:

> >It may not be a part of everyone's nature - but is certainly a part of
> those who
> >are mutating or evolving beyond the norms of their particular tribes reality
> >tunnel. As practicing transhumanist we can certainly fall into this
> category.
> What's your evidence for this Paul? I'm not denying it, but I'm not
> convinced either.

Perhaps I overstepped my assertion here. I meant to say it's been my experience the more someone explores alternative reality tunnels, the more they're likely to hide it from the 'tribal' consensus. Obviously, there would be very little memetic change if this were completely true. I for one am *not* totally open on certain issues, as it could cost me my job. Its simply a matter of degree. To use an extreme example - would you feel comfortable discussing your views on interracial relationships at a Ku Klux Klan meeting? Probably not if you value your life. Either you hide your views from the Klan collective or you get the hell out of Klan City. I think the same can be said for most people who find themselves outside their cultural continuum. Because of that, I am not surprised that the majority of transhumanists are strong privacy advocates.

> Personally, I'm not a private person. I've always been
> extremely open about my views and interests, even when those around me are
> not in sync.

I do not dispute this, but I think it's no coincidence either that you've chosen the west coast of the U.S. as your home. I can't think of a better place (short of an off-shore colony) where extropian views will be met with the least resistance or prejudice.