Re: The Extropian Principles

Robin Hanson (
Fri, 26 Jul 96 13:26:38 PDT

Max More writes:
>I worry about looking for simple criteria because I'd rather find ways of
>*broadening* the appeal of extropian ideas to a wider range of personality
>types, rather than only seeking those who already think in similar ways.

We have different goals here. I want to find out what we have in
common. If it turns out that most of us (including me) aren't really
attracted to one of your "extropian ideas", then I'm not interested in
trying to broaden the appeal of that idea.

>measure, many are INTP or ENTP, but that doesn't really tell us much.
>...Birth order seems to be a terribly blunt instrument.
>... Nor do I think technical understanding will distinguish
>proto-extropians from others well, though it will often be a factor
>that contributes to extropian sympathies.

I don't think we can really hope to find much more than "factors that
contribute" at this stage.

>>It would be possible to construct a survey of Extropians
>Are you offering?!

Not all by myself :-). At least not now.

Robin Hanson