Hal Finney wrote:
> > The most influential conservative bioethicist, Leon Kass of the University
> > of Chicago and the American Enterprise Institute, worries both that our
> > quest for ever-better mental and physical states is too open-ended and,
> > contradictorily, that it is utopian.
>An Altavista search for "Leon Kass" got only 327 hits. For comparison,
>"Max More" got 1229, "Robin Hanson" got 1017, "Hans Moravec" got over
>1500. Granted, the web is not the most fertile ground for a hidebound
>reactionary like Kass, but still if he is the most influential person
>with this view, we have little to worry about.
A search in Bioethicsline http://gateway.ovid.com/server1/ovidweb.cgi gives four citations for Kass, none for the others.
Humanities Abstracts gives 23 articles by Kass. Moravec's book Mind Children is reviewed once. Otherwise none of the others is ever mentioned. Altavista searchers mainly pick out people who have spent a lot of time online; this is far from a good measure of overall influence.
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