Extropianism certainly does have a history already!

john grigg (starman125@hotmail.com)
Fri, 08 Oct 1999 16:41:12 PDT

Hello everyone,

Anders wrote:
From: Anders Sandberg <asa@nada.kth.se>
Subject: Re: The place of extropianism in history...

"Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" <sentience@pobox.com> writes:

>History? What history?

It hasn't begun yet.
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I was very surprised to see Eliezer say "what history?" And then Anders reply "it hasn't begun yet". While certainly extropianism has not yet found its place in the annals of history and still has much to do there can be no doubt that it does have a history.

Natasha-Vita More's book "Create/Uncreate" discusses the history of transhumanism and extropianism and she is the first great historian of the movement in my view. Just because books on the history of extropianism are not on bestseller lists or because it is not in the textbooks of school kids does not mean extropianism does not have a history.

It will be interesting to see in the next four decades or so of my life how this movement grows and develops. Should I be successfully reanimated from cryonic suspension I will be very interested to know how the Cryonics Institute of the late 21st century is doing.

And should I be reanimated before Max and Natasha I would expect to see quite a media event when they are brought back should the EI become prominant as I expect it to be. I can imagine quite a welcome back party for them.


John Grigg

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