Re: The Extropian Principles
Sun, 4 Aug 1996 19:37:23 -0400

In a message dated 96-08-04 15:00:39 EDT, Max writes:

> However, should an anti-racism statement be added to the Principles? I
> it. The Principles provide a condensed statement of the things extropians
> are *for*, not a long list of the things we are *against* or find silly.
> I've tried to stick to this positive focus increasingly closely in
> successive versions. The overdue version 3.0 will continue that tendency.

Roger that, Max. I agree that the principles themselves shouldn't get into
the negative implications of the positive principles too deeply or in too
much detail. I was thinking more along the lines of looking for essays or
other material to be included in Extropy or at the new web site when it gets
kicked off.

> Although the Principles may not be the place for an anti-racism statement
> a statement eschewing violence, we can certainly say these things in
> discussions and interviews, and I have done so.

Likewise, a good idea. In particular, you and other "sound bite sources"
should bear in mind the memetic mapping we've been talking about and steer
discusssion away from any questioning that implies "Genetic engineering =
eugenics = Nazism" or "Libertarian = gun nut = militiaman"

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