Re: Subject: Re: A Physicist Experiments With Cultural Studies

J. R. Molloy (
Sun, 14 Nov 1999 16:00:21 -0800

D.den Otter wrote,
>I thought
>that rational ethics based on enlightened self-interest were
>the default in transhumanism?

Yes, indeed, we just haven't finalized the question of whether to act according to enlightened self-interest because we can, or because we ought to. If we do it because we can, our work may never get done (so much to do, so little time). If we do it because we ought to, we may never do anything at all, because we may find that doing nothing best suits our enlightened self-interest (sitting quietly, doing nothing, enlightenment comes, and questions evaporate by themselves).

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